When Triple Crown winning jockey Jean Cruguet had to take
off his mount in this Friday’s “Young Guns vs. Cagey Veterans” race at
Arlington Park, fellow Triple Crown winning peer Ron Turcotte said he’d like
nothing more than to be able to pinch hit. Of course, Turcotte is unable
to do so but suggested that the track tap Otto Thorwarth, who portrays Turcotte
in Disney’s upcoming “Secretariat” movie, to ride in his stead.
Thorwarth, a winner of more than 1,300 races in his career,
has ridden at tracks throughout the Midwest
primarily competing on the Arkansas-Kentucky-Ohio circuit. The rider, who
hung up his tack in September 2009 to become “Secretariat’s” jockey in the
soon-to-be released film, picks up the mount aboard Snapphok for trainer Jan
Ely in the one-mile turf race.
At the same time, former jockey
Zoe Cadman, who spent most of her brief career on the Chicago circuit, has agreed to step in for
former rider Gary Stevens in Friday’s race. Stevens was forced to bow out of
his one-race return to the saddle when he was injured over the weekend in New York.
Cadman will pick up Stevens’
mount aboard Lacer for trainer Charlie Livesay. The race, which pits five
retired riders versus five members of Arlington’s
current crop of jockeys, will offer a special team Match Rival wager as well as
the standard menu of win, place, show, exacta, trifecta and superfecta
wagering. Whether you bet on the veterans or bet on the young guns, you
will want to be here to see this historical race
Since retiring from the saddle in
2004, Cadman has since served as a television racing analyst. After
starting her on-air career at Arlington,
she moved to the west coast and currently works for the horse racing television
In addition to subbing for
Stevens in the saddle Friday, Cadman will pinch hit for the Hall of Fame rider
turned broadcaster as part of HRTV’s daylong coverage of Saturday’s
International Festival of Racing at Arlington Park which includes the live
broadcast of the Grade I Arlington Million, the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D.
Stakes and the Grade I $400,000 Secretariat Stakes.