When jockey Greta Kuntzweiler anticipated a return to riding after a lengthy stay on the sidelines because of a substance abuse issues, she was worried about the reception she would receive from horsemen and fans on the Kentucky racing circuit.
Since the 34-year-old Kuntzweiler had enjoyed success at Churchill Downs and other Kentucky tracks, legal problems stemming from her issues had resulted in considerable media coverage. So her struggle with the substance abuse issues was very public, and her concerns were legitimate. But the Kuntzweiler comeback that started at Churchill Downs in early July is now in its fifth month, and this week at Churchill Downs has produced some of its brightest moments.
First came a victory Nov. 17 aboard Robert Mondun’s homebred Wealth To Me in the featured ninth race. The win aboard the Bill Ford-trained 3-year-old Tapit gelding was the first at Churchill Downs for Kuntzweiler since April 28, 2004.