Former Bill Mott assistant trainer Rodolphe Brisset has been training horses on his own for less than seven months but is already targeting his first graded stakes victory in the Nov. 25 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs with undefeated juvenile Quip.
“It's a very special spot to be in,” Brisset said. “Quip has proven to us how talented he is in just two starts to begin his career. We're getting him ready at Keeneland for the Kentucky Jockey Club.”
Quip, a 2-year-old colt by Distorted Humor owned in partnership by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing, broke his maiden at first asking on Sept. 23 at Churchill Downs under jockey Florent Geroux. Quip returned in a first-level allowance on Oct. 19 at Keeneland with an eye-catching 6 ½-length victory.
“He's still a little bit quirky with things,” Brisset said. “We breezed him five furlongs (Nov. 9) in 1:00.20 and we let him stretch his legs a little more. I'll probably end up shipping him to Churchill next week to school him in the paddock before the Jockey Club. I don't think he's a bad-acting horse by any means but I just want to make sure he's okay with his surroundings.”
A former jockey in France, Brisset, 34, moved to the United States in 2005 and worked for trainer Patrick Biancone. In 2007, Brisset joined Hall of Fame trainer Mott's stable as an exercise rider and was promoted to assistant trainer three months later. Through Nov. 10, Brisset has recorded six victories through 54 starts.
The 1 1/16-mile $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” and will award points to the top four finishers on a 10-4-2-1 scale. Good Magic is the current point's leader on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with 24 points following his maiden-breaking score in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI) on Nov. 4.
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