Thursday, November 3, 2011
Updated: November 4, 12:03 PM ET
Anything but common
Louisville, Ky. -- I got into town Tuesday evening for the Breeders' Cup World Championships and really haven't done much since. I went to eat at Jeff Ruby's, went over to a jockey charity event on Tuesday evening, rested all day yesterday and then came over to the track Thursday morning. I got on Amazombie, watched Mr. Commons train along with a few others, saw Drosselmeyer
and all is well.
There's a lot less pressure than there was last year when I was riding Zenyatta in the Classic, that's for sure. I miss Zenyatta but I'm coming into this year's Breeders' Cup with some horses that I'm really, really excited about. I'm looking forward to a big weekend; I just hope they get the opportunity to run their races.
My mounts on Friday are Jake Mo in the new race, the Juvenile Sprint, and a filly called Hard Not To Like in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. The filly is from Canada and she beat the boys twice, so she could jump up and win it for sure.
Amazombie is one of my best mounts on Saturday and he has a great shot in the Sprint. It was nice to get on him this morning; it's always good to see how they feel getting over the track, especially this track. It's very important that they get over it well, and he got over it great.
This horse won the Ancient Title Stakes on Oct. 8, beating Irrefutable and The Factor as well as some others. He's grown up a lot. Early on in his career he was a bit aggressive in the paddock and in the race, but now he's just a smooth, laid-back, neat guy. He's really nice to ride and they've got him doing things really, really easy now. He does everything on a long-line hold and relaxes well, but he has some turn of foot. I mean, when you ask him, he's loaded. That's a very good feeling.
John Shirreffs and I will partner up with Mr. Commons in the Mile. He's a really sound colt. Our only knock would be that the other contenders are older than we are; he's only a 3-year-old and we're going up against the best milers in the world, really. So we're up against it in the age and experience aspect, but where talent is concerned, he's second to none.
We've been unlucky the past few times but he's training very well now, he's acting a lot better. He's acted up in the starting gate the past few times so they schooled him a lot and he's acting really good now. If he can get just a little lucky, I wouldn't be shocked at all if he jumped up and ran a big race. He's a beautiful, beautiful mover but sometimes he's been his own worst enemy. He's young, he's learning, and he's doing a lot better at it. I really think a lot of this horse, both in this race and for next year.
On Saturday, I'll share some thoughts on my Classic contender, Drosselmeyer, who I also won the Belmont Stakes with in 2010. For now, I hope all of you have a great Breeders' Cup Friday -- wherever you are!