Breeders Cup Jockeys
It's important when looking at your Breeders Cup betting to make sure you have the right man onboard. This is especially the case when backing European runners as it's important that they have a jockey with expience in the saddle. We've picked out some of the jockeys to keep an eye out on when placing your bet on the 2014 Breeders Cup.
Garrett Gomez is the jockey to follow in US racing where he shares similarities with Kieran Fallon. Gomez has also also experienced difficulties in the past but seems to have come back as strong as ever having won four US Champion Jockey titles from 2006 to 2009. Gomez has 12 Breeders Cup Winners to his name including four wins in the 2008 meet at Santa Anita Park. Make sure you check the Breeders Cup form and runners to see what rides Garrett Gomez has in 2012.
John Velazquez moved to the United States to be a jockey from his homeland in Puerto Rico. Velazquez has won 10 Breeders Cup Races and has had countless placed finishes. He still commands top jockey bookings and the Breeders Cup trainers will be queuing up to get him in the saddle. In 2004, Velazquez won the Bill Shoemaker Award for the top Breeders Cup jockey performance having won the Distaff and Sprint onboard Ashado and Speightstown respectively.
When backing a European runner at the Breeders Cup make sure the jockey booking is that of either a native or a European jockey who has plenty of experience on US racetracks. The housewife's favourite Frankie Dettori certainly has bags of experience in America having bagged 10 Breeders Cup winners. Frankie has winners in the Filly and Mare Turf, Juvenile and Juvenile Turf. His first Breeders Cup win came back in 1994 onboard Barathea in the Mile and he also had a big win in the Classic in 2008 onboard Raven's Pass for John Gosden. Dettori saves his best for the Breeders Cup Turf however having won the race four times, most recently atop Dangerous Midge in the 2010 renewal.