Kentucky Derby Contenders…… Jockeys??

Do you ever wonder how important are the Jockeys?  What makes one jockey better than the other?

Kentucky Derby Contenders…. Jockeys??????  Let’s talk about it…

In my opinion, experience is at the top of the list. A jockey that has ridden many different horses with a high percentage of winners.

Jockeys are independent contractors who are employed by owners and/or trainers to ride their horses. In turn, the owners and/or trainers hire jockeys through the jockeys’ agents.

Soooo, the trainers usually want a jockey to, at least, breeze his horse once before the big race to see how the two get along.

The Kentucky Derby Contenders will have some of the top jockeys in the nation aboard for the Run For the Roses.

In the upcoming Kentucky Derby, there are two jockeys that have won the Run For the Roses three times.  Keith Desomeaux who will be aboard Dullahan in 2012 and Calvin Borel on Take Charge Indy.

Many jockeys ride “first call” for some trainers and/or owners.  This means those trainers and/or owners get first shot at a jockey’s trip aboard their horse for any given race.

The very top jockeys often can pick and choose the horses they want to ride and naturally it will appear that they have chosen the best.  Interesting, isn’t it?

All the picking and choosing is not over for this year’s Kentucky Derby.  There are several horses that are, either sharing the same rider, or a jockey has not yet been declared.

…and don’t forget, the final list of 20 horses to run in the 2012 Kentucky Derby has not been cast in stone.  Look for that to happen next week.  ……

What a year ….. and what a marvelous group of 3 year olds ….. this has been.