At 58 years old, Jon Court became the oldest jockey to ride in the Kentucky Derby last Saturday. Aboard Long Range Toddy for trainer Steve Asmussen, Court's trip was compromised when Maximum Security bore out in the far turn, bumping with War of Will and, in turn, Long Range Toddy. Maximum Security was disqualified and placed seventeenth, elevating Long Range Toddy to sixteenth in the official order of finish.
“I was just engaging momentum when the horse collared me,” Court told Horse Racing Nation. “I was set to make that run and (Long Range Toddy) came to the race better than I've ever swung a leg over him. Some people thought I was out of horse, but I beg to differ with them entirely.”
Court pointed out that the infraction was between two of the race's youngest riders, Luis Saez (27) and Tyler Gaffalione (24), and he believes that other riders took unnecessary chances during the running of the 145th Kentucky Derby.
“My God, some of these young riders need to toughen up a little bit and quit trying to win so much,” Court said. “I don't care if it is the Derby or a $5,000 claimer. They need to have a little more integrity about the equine value we ride and not cast everything so carelessly aside.”
Read more at Horse Racing Nation.
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