The New York Racing
Association, Inc. (NYRA) has released the second video in its “Cordero on
Cordero” series, in which Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. recounts
some of the most memorable moments and biggest wins in his career. The episode
can be viewed on the official NYRA YouTube site at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gV0z4m5LBg.
The second installment revisits Cordero’s victory in the 1984
Grade 1 Whitney Handicap aboard Slew o’ Gold. In the clip Cordero recalls
bantering with Track Barron’s rider, Jean Cruguet, before and during the
race. Slew o’ Gold would go on to easily defeat Track Barron, giving Cordero
his first triumph in the Whitney.
As a jockey Cordero won 7,057 races, including many of the most
prestigious events in North America. In New York alone, Cordero
won the 1976 Belmont Stakes, six editions of the Woodward (including five
straight from 1981-1985), five runnings of the Suburban, and the 1985 Travers.
He added a second Whitney victory in 1985, ironically aboard Track Barron.
NYRA will release additional episodes of “Cordero on
Cordero” in the upcoming weeks, giving racing fans the opportunity to
hear more of Cordero’s takes on some of the most historical events in