Sheldon Russell had never experienced anything like the Kentucky
Derby before, and the 24-year-old jockey doesn’t just mean the
adrenaline rush he got from riding in the world’s most famous horse
“I’ve never had the dirt sting like that,” said Russell, who rode
Done Talking to a 14th-place finish two weeks ago at Churchill Downs.
“It had to affect the horse, too.”
Russell and Done Talking won’t have such adverse conditions to battle
Saturday at Pimlico when they shift to the turf in a well-matched third
running of the $100,000 James W. Murphy Stakes on the Preakness
undercard. Trainer Hamilton Smith said he is interested in seeing how
Done Talking, winner of the Illinois Derby, will fare on grass, as this
marks the turf debut for the Broken Vow colt.