It might be risky to get in Bill Morey's way these days, more dangerous, say, than getting between Homer Simpson and a box of Krispy Kremes.
The 43-year-old trainer is on the roll of his life, with nine wins from 14 starters through 19 days at Santa Anita's Winter Meet, including two Saturday topped by Rye's head triumph in the $200,000 Unusual Heat Turf Classic.
“It's amazing,” Morey said Sunday morning. “Obviously there's a lot of luck involved, like horses getting in the right races at the right time. Rye came out of the race good, tired but good. He ran hard. We haven't even thought about his next race. He gave everything he had.”
Morey is tied with Bob Baffert for second in the standings, two behind leader Pete Miller.
With four wins Saturday, newly minted Eclipse Award winner as the nation's outstanding apprentice of 2017 Evin Roman opened a 21-15 lead over resurgent Kent Desormeaux, proving that youth will be served.
Roman is 19. Hall of Fame veteran Desormeaux will be 48 on Feb. 27.
“I'm happy he won after receiving the Eclipse Award,” said Roman's agent, Tony Matos. “That shows he's for real.”
Roman is named to ride in all nine races today, “and he's riding for everybody,” Matos pointed out, “which is good for business.”
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