announcer Bill Downes predicted a big night for the riders from the
United States and had made them the morning line favorite at odds of 2-5
to win the International
Jockey Challenge. The team came through, earning 52 points over
Mexico’s 34 to take home the trophy and the title in the inaugural
Prescott of the United States team was the overall point leader,
earning two wins and two seconds on the 10-race program
to help catapult his country into the top spot. He was joined by
teammates Jeremy Rose, Malcolm Franklin and Shanley Jackson, who also
added wins to the tally for the combined effort.
Torres got Mexico rolling early on, winning two races and scoring one
second for his team. The Quarter Horse riders,
Victor Olivo and Christian Esqueda from Mexico, also contributed with a
first and second in the evening’s ninth race to tighten up the score,
but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
Indiana Grand’s leading rider Fernando De La Cruz scored 13 points total as the only member of the Peru team. He had two wins,
one third and one fourth on the program to finish in third place on the leader board.
Mojica also represented Puerto Rico well, getting on the board twice
with two thirds for an overall total of five points.
Oriana Rossi of Italy scored three points while Yordanis Amaro brought
in two points for Cuba. Ademar Santos had one point for Brazil.
The International Jockey Challenge was part of an action –packed program that included a zip line, mariachi band, international
food samples, sword fighters and other strolling activity. All 10 races were included in the challenge.
of Team USA who competed on the program included Cheyanna Patrick,
Jeremy Rose, Rodney Prescott, Malcolm Franklin, Octavio
Vergara Jr., Harold Collins, Shanley Jackson, Troy Crissup, Julie
Veltman and Jennifer Schmidt. Jockeys who represented Mexico included
Francisco Torres, Alex Contreras, Ramon Rechy, Juan Guerrero, Gerardo
Garrido, Victor Olivo, Christian Esqueda and Benjamin
Martinez. Carlos Esquilin joined Orlando Mojica as the only other rider
from Team Puerto Rico while Ademar Santos represented Brazil, Yordanis
Amaro represented Cuba, Oriana Rossi represented Italy, Fernando De La
Cruz represented Peru and Olaf Hernandez represented
A special ceremony was held after Race 3 to introduce the riders to those in attendance for the event. Each jockey walked down
to the winner’s circle with their respective teams carrying their country’s flag.