The Learning Post . . .
Hungry Riders Have Appetite For Bullring    #89 - 1997
     by Ed Golden 


Ed continues . . .

"Nine out of 10 times when you get those big power-name riders like Pincay, Solis, Nakatani and Desormeaux, those guys are just not bullring riders at this stage of their careers. They used to be when they were younger. Now, it's a different era. That's the way the game goes.

"The riders who ride at Pomona (on a regular basis) are hungrier and know the bullring, because they ride here every day. You bring your Pincays, Desormeauxs and Solises, they come and ride one horse and it's brand new to them. Twenty years ago, they would ride just as good as the young guys.

"Now, they're established. They're not going to take the chances that the young rider takes. And we need to ride those kind of riders."

To Pincay's credit, he bounced back from the Barretts Debutante, a race in which, by his own admission, he "almost went down on the first turn," and won the next two feature races at Fairplex Park, the Bangles and Beads Stakes on Flying In The Lane, and the next day's allowance feature, on Exhilaration, for Kentucky Derby-winning owners Bob and Beverly Lewis and trainer D. Wayne Lukas.




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