11/10/2012 2:27PM

Churchill Downs: Albarado switching winter base to Gulfstream

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 LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Did they stop making jambalaya down there in New Orleans? What’s with this exodus of Cajun jockeys to south Florida for the winter?

“Pretty funny, huh?” asked Robby Albarado, one of a trio of notable riders who are forsaking their Louisiana homeland and Fair Grounds this winter to ride instead at Gulfstream Park, which starts a four-month meet Dec. 1. “We all have our different reasons for going. I’m just looking to make some inroads with some new people, hopefully pick up a nice 3-year-old.”

Albarado, 39, joins Corey Lanerie and Brian Hernandez Jr. in their move to Florida for the first time. But whereas Lanerie and Hernandez have enjoyed career-high years, Albarado is looking for more of a new start. His widely publicized travails with domestic-abuse charges have helped lead to his worst two years, statistics-wise, since the mid-1990s. His mount earnings last year were $5.8 million, and his 2012 total through Friday stood at $4.3 million, a far cry from the steady eight-figure earnings he had been accustomed to reeling off, most notably $19.3 million in 2007.

Albarado will be represented at Gulfstream by Richard DePass, the former jockey and longtime Kentucky denizen who has worked as an agent on the New York-Florida circuit for about 15 years. DePass recently split up with Rajiv Maragh, who will ride primarily at Aqueduct this winter. DePass also will be representing Gabriel Saez at Gulfstream.

Saez, incidentally, escaped serious injury Friday at Churchill when his mount, Sympathy Act, broke down badly at the quarter pole in a five-furlong allowance on the main track. Sympathy Act, a 4-year-old filly owned by Louisville businessman Jim Shields and partners and trained by Bob Pincins, was euthanized.

HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
I hope he does well at Gulfstream but it will be tough since Fair Grounds seems like a more better spot for him to go to. Robby hasn't had a great couple years due to his personal life. So will be interesting to see how he does there since it's a tough colony out there. Though I'd probably expect Corey Lanerie to have a better Gulfstream though because he's the top rider in Kentucky this year and typically the top Kentucky rider always does good at Gulfstream and with Julien Leparoux joining the Southern California riding colony, this makes it easier probably for Lanerie to do well there. Recently, Brian Hernandez has decided to join the Gulfstream colony too so it'll be hard. I hope Robby does well he's a great jockey and really am rooting for him to comeback where he left off before he started beating women up. I wanna see Robby turn it around and have a great career like he was back in the 2000's.
Robert Clayton More than 1 year ago
Rosie is so dominant over them she sends the Cajuns packing out of Louisiana.....They are tired of getting pummeled by a girl
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
other than Lanerie the other 2 jocks will have a very hard time..bad decisions by all 3 imo ...Lanerie would have easily been 1,2 at FG..Borel went down there(gulfstream) after his stock soared after 3 Derby wins and couldnt win ..jon v,castellano,lezcano,rosario will be top 5 with ease...then you have paco lopez and luis saez,manny cruz..Lanerie is a top jock on any circuit i assume he will be riding for Eddie K...
Charley More than 1 year ago
He needs to focus on his riding career because his personal life is going on a downward spiral.He better have a good agent otherwise he won't get any good mounts.
God More than 1 year ago
I hope people get off Robbie's back and let him return to doing his job. Sure he had some problems, but so does everyone.
Lauren Leving More than 1 year ago
"DePass also will be representing Gabriel Saez at Gulfstream". Correction... DePass will take over the engagement book of Luis Saez. LZ has not just topped the Calder jockey colony in recent meets, he has owned it. Gil Graell, Luis Saez's current agent and mentor is voluntarily passing the torch, but shall still remain overlord to some degree. After which jockey Luis Saez plans to return with DePass to New York.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Thanks for clearing that up.
Zeke Castro More than 1 year ago
is Gabriel Saez, not Luis his talking about
scott More than 1 year ago
Robbie is fed up of playing second fiddle to Rosie, if Gulfstream doesn't work maybe he'll try Delta next year, as far as the other two (Lanerie and Hernandez) are concerned, they don't belong at Gulfstream but noone said cajuns are smart, they are second rate jockeys at best.
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
Robbie is a Brilliant Jockey. Gulfsteam is Very Lucky to have him join the jockey colony. His Personal Life should remain Personal. Nobody is Perfect. We Are Not In A Perfect World.
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
True, maybe his wife deserved it.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Hey Slew! Maybe you deserve one! I'd like to see how you'd view things after someone gives you a panda! LOL!!!
Slew32A More than 1 year ago
I was being sarcastic, but some people do deserve beating!
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
John, you are full of bull! Robbie has beaten two women! One quite severely. We don't care for guys who assult women here in South Florida! There is not room in our world for any of that! We are all about Hospitality, love and peace!!
Guy More than 1 year ago
Albarato has been a lucky jockey vs a good, talented jockey. He has very average ability and when you look at he fact that he has anger issues, his career looks bleak. He sucked at Saratoga when he tried and he will suck at GP.
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
Hey Robbie Boy! Us South Floridians don't like woman beaters! You'd better straighten out your act RB if you intend to live with us and be accepted! PERIOD!!!
Tom Van More than 1 year ago
Out of left field, Any Green Monkey was retired of course and now stands at stud. His first crop is now running with some winners.