On Thursday at Saratoga, seven-year-old All The Way Jose will make his fourth start of the year in the Grade 1 New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap. The former flat runner is 8-1 on the morning line, and looking for his first win at the Spa since an allowance race in 2014 when he was ridden by Willie McCarthy, his regular rider until earlier this spring, when Gerard Galligan got in the saddle for one start.
Then apprentice jockey Keri Brion, the assistant to All The Way Jose’s trainer Jonathan Sheppard, climbed on board. She rode him to a runner-up finish and a win, then came to Saratoga to ride him in her first race here, the G1 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Handicap. It didn’t end well, with Brion tumbling off after the bay gelding hit the 6th fence.
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Keri, I’m curious as to how you’re taking this new ruling. Do you think that they made this ruling to keep girls out of steeplechase racing, or more to the point, to keep you out of competing further? This is bullshit if you ask me. Girls are every bit as good, and as competitive as men are! Bad call boys!