12/17/2012 6:09PM

Gulfstream Park: Richardson back to booking mounts


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Donnie Richardson, a longtime racing executive who ended his association with Churchill Downs earlier this year, has returned to his roots as a jockey agent and is representing both Patrick Husbands and Jermaine Bridgmohan here this winter.

Richardson, who was the senior vice president of racing at the time of his departure from Churchill Downs, served as a jockey’s agent for 11 years from 1979-1990. Among his clients was Don Brumfield, now one of the association stewards at Gulfstream Park. Brumfield was one of three future Hall of Fame riders Richardson represented during that period, along with Earlie Fires and Chris McCarron.

“I worked for Churchill Downs on two separate occasions, the first for 14 years, the second for 22,” said Richardson. “I’m a racetracker, that’s all I know, and I just wanted to keep doing something, which is why I decided to come back and work as an agent again.”

Richardson said Husbands is due to arrive this week following the conclusion of the Woodbine meeting on Sunday.

“I have developed relationships with a lot of the trainers here from my years at Churchill Downs and that certainly doesn’t hurt now that I’m working as an agent, although it hasn’t put me on any winners yet,” quipped Richardson. “It’s the same as it’s always been. If you’ve got a rider they want to use, they’ll use you, if you don’t, they won’t.” 

Frankie Lovato More than 1 year ago
Donnie is a great guy, worked as my agent during the '86 Keeneland Spring meet when I was riding for Mark Casse and Calument Farm. Class act, great at everything he does. He will do fantastic, go Donnie!
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
I think it will be very interesting to see who the Florida horsemen embrace quicker, little Bridgmo or Patrick Husbands. Bridgmohan had a very productive apprenticeship in south Florida and has developed his riding skills even further since leaving the sunshine state. Husbands on the other hand will certainly garner support from the Canuck contingent gathered in the sun for a brief vacation and perhaps some Kentucky trainers due in part to his new agent. I'm thinking Jermaine will ride more winners but good luck Patrick just the same.
Sal Carcia More than 1 year ago
It seems like Patrick shows up for a little while every year at GP and then he heads over to Barbados for the rest of the winter.