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Kentucky Derby 2012: Why Hollendorfer chose Lezcano to ride Rousing Sermon
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said there were a lot of reasons that led him to choose New York-based Jose Lezcano to ride Rousing Sermon in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
Hollendorfer noted that a lot of big-name trainers such as Bill Mott and Tom Proctor use Lezcano regularly, he’s fearless, and he competes on a daily basis with the top riders in the country.
“He’s a fearless rider, and you need a fearless rider in the Derby,” Hollendorfer said. “He’s someone who’s ridden against many of the guys he will be riding against in the Derby.”
On Tuesday, Lezcano came to Churchill to guide Rousing Sermon to a five-furlong workout in 1:00.13 over the Churchill Downs main track.
“It was really worth doing,” Hollendorfer said. “He knows how you have to prompt this horse a little bit.”
Lezcano was seen pulling on the left rein in the stretch of the work. Hollendorfer said Lezcano told him that Rousing Sermon grabbed the bit, “wanting to go too fast. He was wanting to get him off the bit.”
Lezcano finished second in the 2010 Kentucky Derby aboard Ice Box.
I always liked the horse maybe the distance wakes him up and the jockey. Ill use him in there on tickets.
Shot! Hollendorfer is in the hall of fame... This horse has been screaming for a 1 1/4 mile since he was 2. If the Speed dies watch out!
This is the one long shot (over 50 to 1) to use in the bottom of superfecta exotic. The Sermon has breeding and running style fits how the race has tons of speed, Hall of Fame Trainer has been tto the Big Dance.. Jockey who can get more out of him. Connections are new to the Derby, but not to horses, home breeding and TB racing business.
I still don't understand why McLaughlin didn't get this guy for Alpha. Would have been a perfect fit.
Russell Muscle and Hollendorfer are Bay Area guys that go back decades together. I can't believe Baze didn't get to keep the mount. Oh well, love 'um both. Hope Jose enjos the ride.
When Lezcano got his break from Kirk Ziadie, and rode in Tampa early in his career, there was no doubt he was going to rise among the elite. He may not win this derby, but in the future, he will win many graded stakes races, here and overseas. This lad isn't a rising star, he IS a star.
Jose is an excellent choice. I know it sounds corny but, I have to include my hometown boy in the exotics and place a WPS bet on him just for nationalistic pride. Damnnn my bets just got more expensive. Give' em hell Jose!!
Good selection but it would have been nice to get Russell the muscle a derby ride!!!!
i'll have a 'saver' on him because of lezcano
Good choice. Lezcano is up there with best. Good luck.
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