Six days before this Kentucky Derby winner's score, the contract between his owner and one of the top jockeys in the country ran out and was not renewed by mutual consent. While the jockey in question could still have ridden his former employer's horse, he elected to ride a better-fancied animal from a different stable, He wound up sixth and probably wished his contract had lasted a few more days, for another jockey picked up the mount he left behind on a blind-date basis (jockey and colt did not meet until 15 minutes before the Derby's post time) and won the roses. What Derby winner was the center of this little drama, who owned him, and who were the jockeys involved?
4/9/2022 09:57:36 am
I believe the horse was Proud Clarion. The owner was Darby Dan Farm. The jockeys were Braulio Baeza (who's contract ran out) and Bobby Ussery (Who picked up the mount).
4/15/2022 07:35:52 pm
Right on all counts, Frost.
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