Each week, a series of jockeys at Del Mar will share their thoughts in interviews with members of the TVG team on the weekend’s card and reflect on some of their favorite racing memories.
By Flavien Prat (as told to Joaquin Jaime)
I’m on None Above the Law in the Real Good Deal Stakes on Friday and the last time I rode him in the Snow Chief Stakes, it was at 1 1/8-miles. I think I got him a little too far back and he was pulling or didn’t go really fast and couldn’t find the gap on time He ran really well, he probably could have won that race with a better trip. After that, I don’t know what happened last time (ninth in the Oceanside Stakes) but he’s going back to the dirt, seven-eighths so he is going to love the distance. Against Cal-breds, I think he has a real good chance.
On Saturday, I’m on Dr. Schivel in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Stakes and last time, he ran a really good race in June. He drew the No. 1 hole and we had to sit in a pocket and wait to get there, but as soon as I asked him to make a run, he reacted really well and won that race. He’s been training really well and I think he should have a good chance.
I rode (fellow Bing Crosby entrant) Collusion Illusion to win this race last year and obviously, he has a bit more experience (than Dr. Schivel). They’re both talented horses. But I just think that the Dr. Schivel has some room for improvement and I just love the way he is training towards this race. So, I decided to ride him.
He’s pretty push button, Dr. Schivel. He has some speed if you ask him to go forward but he can sit back. I think it’s going to be a ton of pace in the race. I mean like I said he was in the pocket and we had to wait and he really showed a good kick turning for home so I’m expecting the same Saturday.