Maragh, Bridgmohan secure rides
Outstanding Jamaican jockeys Rajiv Maragh and Shaun Bridgmohan have gained mounts in today's rich Breeders' Cup, 10-race programme at Churchill Downs.
Maragh is the third-most successful reinsman from the English-speaking Caribbean in North America this year, winning 123 races; and Bridgmohan is not far behind with 118, trailing Trinidad & Tobago-born Oswald Pereira with 208 and Barbadian Patrick Husbands with 167.
Both Maragh and Bridgmohan have ridden on Breeders' Cup Day in the past, and so the bright lights of the richest day in the sport in the world should not test their nerves too much when they climb aboard their mounts.
Maragh has five rides booked. He partners Post Ranch in the second race before climbing aboard outsider Sum of the Parts in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint in the fifth race on the card.
Maragh then closes the day with rides in each of the last three races, when he's astride another outsider Miss Netta in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, Distorted Legacy in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf and Pachattack in the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic.
Bridgmohan, whose time in the saddle has been way below normal, has just one ride, partnering Santiva in the second race.
Uncle Mo is the morning-line favourite for North America's richest horse race, the US $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.