‘King Of South America’: Romans Names Martin Chuan To Ride Everfast In Travers

by | 08.19.2019 | 3:57pm
Jockey Martin Chuan guices Lemon Scat to a maiden win for Dale Romans at Ellis Park on July 29

Martin Chuan, a 24-year-old Peruvian jockey who has been riding this summer at Ellis Park, will be aboard Preakness runner-up Everfast in Saturday's Grade 1 Runhappy Travers at Saratoga, trainer Dale Romans said Monday morning.

A multiple Group 1 winner in his home country, Chuan is 5-4-4 from 24 starts at Ellis Park this year, with four winners for Romans and one for Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

“I think he's an excellent rider; he's the king of South America,” said Romans, whose son, Jacob, is holding Chuan's book. “I think he's going to be on par with the Ortiz brothers someday. He's intelligent, well-grounded … I think he can really ride and I know I'll get 100 percent effort with a horse who'll be a bit of a price.”

Chuan has won more than 1,200 races in his home country, said his agent. Last year, he rode briefly at Ellis, winning two races from 15 starts, before returning to Lima, where he is the country's leading rider. Prior to that, he rode once at Churchill Downs in 2017 and once at Turfway Park in 2013, finishing off the board in both races.

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