Race of the Week 2017

Krigger Questions Leparoux's Riding Tactics

Jockey Julien Leparoux

Opinions and speculation were there for the taking Sunday morning on the San Felipe Stakes, in which favored Flashback suffered his first defeat and jockey Kevin Krigger, who rode fourth-place finisher Goldencents in the Grade II race for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles, was critical of the tactics used by Julien Leparoux, who rode Flashback.

Hear the Ghost came from fifth in a field of eight at the half-mile pole to win by a half-length under Corey Nakatani. Flashback, favored at even money, held on to be second, a half-length in front of Tiz a Minister, who roared from 17 lengths behind at the half-mile marker to finish third by a length under Garrett Gomez.

Goldencents, who held the lead on Flashback into the stretch, weakened slightly late to wind up fourth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths.

Krigger’s post-race quotes questioned Leparoux’s strategy. “. . . I was surprised, as good a rider as Julien is supposed to be, the move he made around the turn to make us have a dogfight race all the way around,” Krigger said. “Turning into the backstretch, that’s like committing suicide, you know?

“If we’re going that fast easily, it’s understandable, but to pressure a race like that . . . being on a favorite, that’s not a favorite’s ride at all . . . ”

Leparoux was back on the beat Sunday morning, as usual. “You know what,” the two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey said. “I watched the replay. You make a decision on the first turn; I made mine . . . I thought the decision I made on the first turn was good. I wish I could have made him relax a little bit more on the backside.

“Other than that, nothing (would have changed). It (the loss) might be a good thing for the horse (Flashback) in the long run. Time will tell.”

In other post-San Felipe news:

Leandro Mora, assistant to Doug O’Neill, said Goldencents came out of the race in good shape, other than perhaps a bruised ego.

“He came out really good,” Mora said. “He ate well, but I would say he knows, that in his mind, he was upset that he got beat . . . He was pinning his ears back a little bit and he never does that.

“He’s just a kid. He’s learning the basics right now, I think.”

Asked about the Santa Anita Derby: “That’s up to the owners. I guess they’re going to have a meeting and talk about it, but they’ll decide whether to run in the Santa Anita Derby or try somewhere else.”

Trainer Paul Aguirre’s post-race comments on his Tiz a Minister’s monster race, in which he was 9 ½ lengths behind the next-to-last horse at the half-mile pole: “If it weren’t Garrett Gomez (riding), I’d be waiting over here for the ambulance. But Garrett’s got a way with those horses.

“That’s a victory to me, to be in the same category as Flashback and Goldencents.”

Corey Nakatani was understandably delighted with his victory for Jerry Hollendorfer aboard Hear the Ghost, who was coming off two sprint races, a maiden win and a second in the San Pedro Stakes, each at six furlongs.

“To do what he did yesterday was impressive to me,” Nakatani said Sunday morning. “You don’t see too many horses do what he’s done and not turn out to be a pretty good horse. He’s got a lot of ability.”



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Typical jockeys: never own up to their own mistakes, always blaming someone else.
Baffert goes through jockeys like a player goes through women
In front he isn't that bad
Any trainer who would put a turf rider on a horse in a dirt race gets what he deserves, nothing good.
BS..even Baffet was quoted saying he wished Julien hadn't moved so early.
I like the McCarron reference. Like when alphabet Soup dragged him past Cigar and Louis.Q to win the Classic.
You only get one chance to make split second decisions. I loved McCarron who often told whomever would listen that John Henry told HIM when to move.....All riders make errors but often the horses are better than the ride. CASE IN POINT: PVal in Sunday Silence's Preakness.
also why is kevin crying he got into a speed duel on a speed horse and lost. Goldencents cant go farther then 8.5 furlongs at best so his horse was dommed the minute the gates oponed
more people know and have heard of julien then kevin. And it was neither jockeys fault. If a horse wants to go you cant hold him back or he gets restless and angry and runs awfull just let em go if you have to fight him for so long and thats what julien did
i question lep and krigger i know if thay both would try to make it a mach race someone would pick up the win
at keenland lep is the best every year
was peppermint was he joking
you are write gene.cirillo krigger lol
I'd waaaaaaaaaaay rather have Krigger up than Lepoopoo. And agree with every bit of Kevin's version. Julian's early move caused both horses the race. 2 years in row he's been on a good one, and faulted. Not to mention if ask for his goggles, or autograph he shows his true french colors. Will not surprise to see him replaced by Smith.
Krigger can't hold Julien's jock!
Flashback was still 2nd, and goldencents 4th
All I know is that if I ever have a good one in my barn, Krigger is NOT getting on it. Sportsmanship?

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