Good bugs hard to find
I voted for Jose Montano for an Eclipse Award. I couldn't have told you who he is, where he's from, where he rides, how old he is, whether he has even a lick of talent or if he's nice to his mother. Still I voted for him, for the outstanding apprentice of 2012.If you want to blame me for my ignorance when it comes to the failures and success of apprentice jockeys go ahead. But the bigger issue is that in recent years the crop of bug boys has been so weak that even the best ones ride in anonymity and future stardom seemed certain to elude them. Yet, by default, one will get an Eclipse Award, a coveted honor that is supposed to represent the highest levels of excellence. The choices were so unappealing this year that I voted for someone never on my radar screen. Even a google search doesn't yield much. With further research I learned that Montano rides at Charles Town and his two biggest wins on the year came in $85,000 stakes for West Virginia breds.
The choices were so unappealing this year that I voted for someone never on my radar screen.