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Standout "wow" rides of the year?

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  • Standout "wow" rides of the year?

    I'm curious what others think was the best single ride by a jockey this year?

    Clearly the horse (running on talent, blind faith or even just luck) is part of the equation. In some cases provided the jock was sitting chilly the horse has victory from the time the gates opened. Yet its those cases where the jockey guided an unlikely victory where the effort should be applauded.

    Having the eye for an opportunity or just raw nerve and the stomach for a bold move would be crucial for this category.

    One of the obvious is Calvin Borel's ride on Mine That Bird, in the Kentucky Derby, in so far as his game plan and making it work out: 2009 Kentucky Derby replay

    However I think Calvin's ride on Miss Isella in the Louisville Distaff Stakes in May

    Or if you wanted to see Deja vu: Miss Isella in the Fleur De Lis Handicap in June

    In all three cases (and there are plenty more) Calvin didn't get the Bo-rail nickname for a one-time effort

    Ok, one more: from Thurs 11/26 at Churchill with Calvin up for the last time on a Hal Wiggins trained horse (a la Rachel Alexandra) see Video Race 4: $19k race for 3-yr olds and up. The audio cuts out however stick with it as Calvin on #8 Lady Durlyn (at 6-1) is seemingly stuck behind the field but sees the hole and is gone like he stole her!

    Anyone with other standout single rides you can think of?

  • #2
    Mike Smith's ride on Zenyatta in the Breeder's Cup Classic.

    He had ice water in his veins.
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    • #3
      Joe Talamo on I Want Revenge in the Wood Memorial.

      Horse totally left behind with a bad start, stuck in traffic and then ridden to win in a hand ride.


      • #4
        Yep, first pick was definitely Calvin in the Derby. I think I'd also have to pick him on Rachel in the Woodward.
        We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.


        • #5
          +1 on Zenyetta in the BC. Just awesome.


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by FatDinah View Post
            Joe Talamo on I Want Revenge in the Wood Memorial.
            I have to concur that it was a ride that showed a lot of confidence and patience. Many jocks, with far more miles under their belts no less, would've panicked and hustled their mount too quickly

            Video replay: 2009 Wood Memorial - IWR


            • #7
              This was Calvin's year, hands down.

              There are some who may criticize his technique in a few of the high profile wins -- but in the end he got the job done.


              • #8
                Barnfairy, I agree with the Borel thumbs up. That little man knows how to find a hole and blast into it!

                Also agree with the Talamo plug for his ride in the Wood. Heartstopping stuff, that.


                • #9
                  I thought Borel's rides on MTB and Miss Isella were some of the best "rider" rides of the year. Also, I agree with those who said Mike Smith in the Classic.

                  Joe Talamo impressed me with two of his rides, the Wood and on Allicansayiswow at Hollywood Park. He was really patient and didn't panic in two not-good race situations.


                  • Original Poster

                    Originally posted by iloverocky View Post
                    Joe Talamo impressed me with ... Allicansayiswow at Hollywood Park. He was really patient and didn't panic in two not-good race situations.
                    I forgot that one but yes it was a fine ride and Vic Stauffer does know how to make a passionate call:

                    Video replay: Hollywood Park 4-23-09 Race 7


                    • #11
                      I also think credit should go to Elvis Trujillo for his rides on Presious Passion, especially in the United Nations and Breeders Cup. It takes a lot of self control on a jockey's part to trust his mount enough not to fight for the horse to rate early in distance races.


                      • Original Poster

                        Just my view on Presious Passion - whom I greatly appreciate for his take no prisioners running style - he has one style and either it clicks or not. The UN and BC Turf Cup were just a couple examples in a long string on efforts which have yieled victory and also failure. (2009 record was 8 4-3-0)

                        Not to diminish the jock's effort but pretty much he's a "get on, buckle up, don't mess with my head and just enjoy the show" type of runner.

                        Earlier '09 success:

                        Replay: Feb 2, 2009 Grade 2 Mac Diarmida Stakes, Gulfstream Park

                        '09 flop (due 100% to the illsuited turf conditions for him):

                        Replay: Aug 8, 2009 Grade 1 Arlington Million, Arlington Park ... non French version here


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Glimmerglass View Post
                          Just my view on Presious Passion - whom I greatly appreciate for his take no prisioners running style - he has one style and either it clicks or not. The UN and BC Turf Cup were just a couple examples in a long string on efforts which have yieled victory and also failure. (2009 record was 8 4-3-0)

                          Not to diminish the jock's effort but pretty much he's a "get on, buckle up, don't mess with my head and just enjoy the show" type of runner.
                          I totally agree with what you are saying; PP is very much that type of runner, but I still think Trujillo does a good job with him.
                          Last edited by iloverocky; Dec. 2, 2009, 06:56 PM.


                          • #14
                            Calvin Borel at Churchill this year! Wow!
                            His ride on Miss Isella in the Fleur de Lis was one of the most gutsy rides I saw this year. He found a "hole" there on the rail that nobody else could have found, and that little filly showed just how tough she was!


                            • Original Poster

                              Speaking of Calvin's continued 2009 success - he tied with Julien L. for the recent Churchill Downs meet having roared back with several wins in the last few days.

                              Now in Japan he's doing quite well there too 12/5/09 Paulick Report: "They don't speak cajun in Oasaka."

                              Excerpt with classic Calvin line:

                              On a sightseeing trip in the Osaka area Friday, a tour guide was explaining how to read the Japanese kanji symbols. “How am I going to learn that?” Borel joked. “I can barely read English.”

                              Calvin Borel won the opening race of the two-day World Super Jockeys Series at Hanshin race course on Saturday.


                              • Original Poster

                                As much as they love him at Churchill and Kentucky, they still won't hold back tossing the book at him ...

                                DRF Jan 5, 2010 "Kentucky panel doubles Borel suspension"

                                The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission here on Tuesday voted unanimously to double a three-day suspension handed down to jockey Calvin Borel for careless riding in November.

                                The vote to double the suspension reflected the commission's desire to discourage jockeys and trainers from filing appeals to avoid serving days at certain times of the year, according to Lisa Underwood, the commision's executive director.

                                "We're trying to put a stop to these frivolous appeals," Underwood said.

                                Borel was issued a three-day suspension on Nov. 21 by the Churchill stewards after his mount, Pulpit's Secret, was disqualified from first to second in the 10th race on Nov. 20. Three days later, Borel appealed the suspension, which resulted in an automatic stay of the penalty. The stay allowed Borel to ride during the final weekend of racing at Churchill's fall meet and secure the meet's riding title.

                                According to the commission, Borel dropped his appeal on Dec. 12, indicating that the appeal was filed only to avoid serving the days because of where they landed on the calendar. The new suspension will run from Jan. 15-17 and Jan. 22-24, both three-day stretches from a Friday to a Sunday.
                                It still was a very good year for being Calvin


                                • Original Poster

                                  Yuck - fresh from his boondoggle deal with Magna Entertainment Corp transferring the most prized holdings for next to nothing to his MI Developments Frank is out buying.

                                  His most recent acquisition is the much heralded, gritty Miss Isella (see the video clips in the earlier postings for this thread): Stronach bought her 1/12/10 for $1,085,000 at the Keeneland January sale.

                                  Miss Isella is a 5-year-old multiple Grade 2 winner and also is Grade 1-placed by virtue of a second-place finish in the 2009 Go for Wand Stakes. Lane's End, agent, consigned the Silver Charm mare as a broodmare prospect.

                                  "I like gray mares," Stronach joked. "She put the charm on me. She a nice-looking filly, very correct, and she's got the race record and bloodlines."

                                  Stronach said after signing the ticket that he hadn't decided which of his stallions he'd breed Miss Isella to.

                                  "But probably Ghostzapper," he said.

                                  "I thought she might bring maybe a little less, yeah," he added. "But on the other hand, if you've got something outstanding, there's always money there."


                                  • #18
                                    Calvin on Mine That Bird. And I agree on Talamo, Smith..


                                    • #19
                                      I honestly think Calvin's ride on Bird in the derby was one of the most beautiful displays of riding i've seen in a long time. He was in the back of the pack, trailing for the entire race and instea of panicking, or getting nurvous and trying to push to the front of the pack throughout the race, he just patiently sat there and waited until he hit the turn for home.

                                      that little horse had saved all his energy compared to the rest who were dwindling by now. I had never seen someone navigate through horses like that. He made it look like a peice of cake. that horse passed the entire field towards the end of the race...and absolutely no one noticed him comming throught the pack in the time frame of 1 CORNER! Seriously....one of the greatest rides i've ever seen. hands down


                                      • #20
                                        I agree with Farmgirl...

                                        Calvin was patient and very cool, and seem to know that there would be a hole to the inside.

                                        I also give a lot of kudos to Mike Smith on Zenyatta. Patience is a great trait in a jockey.