Veteran rider Jon Court has been a mainstay on both the Kentucky circuit and at Oaklawn Park for several years. During that time, Court has racked up 3,774 victories, with major wins coming in such races as the G1 Arkansas Derby and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I).
In her latest column in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Jennie Rees profiles Court, who at age 52 will be gunning for his first classic victory when he rides Will Take Charge in Saturday's Belmont Stakes.
While Court hopes to emulate fellow journeyman jockey Gary Stevens, 50, who won the Preakness Stakes three weeks ago, he bristles at being called old. “I get a little annoyed that people put a stigma on my age,” Court said in the Courier-Journal. “I just feel better than most people my age, apparently. Without question I'm in better shape. I feel very vibrant, alert. I feel my athletic skills are as good or better than they've ever been.”
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