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I'd pass on a jock who isn't what he used to be -- at least from what I saw the last time he rode on the So Cal circuit.
AVATAR: the ultra speedy Relaunch going into the far turn with Spectacular Bid in the 1980 San Fernando Stakes
Originator of the phrase - Curse™
I'm an owner and I'd choose PVal to ride my horse over half of those guys above.
I followed Louisiana Downs very closely last year and same with the Fair Grounds over the winter and he's nowhere near where he once was. He also, in my opinion, is not a finesse rider, and that helps on the synthetics.
He can still ride but will be in the deep end of a pretty good talent pool in SoCal.
He's certainly as good, if not better than any other 46 year old jock in the twilight of his career. Anyone that has expectations that he should be the same guy as in the 80's is just kidding themselves, think about it, do you perform as well as you did 25 years ago, lol.
As for the legalities, this ain't like other Major League Sports where they are employees of the teams, jockeys are independent contractors and he should be able to take the risk that he'll be hired and produce wherever, whenever he wants to. It's as simple as that, if he doesn't get hired, doesn't get any quality mounts, can't make enough money, then it's off to the minor leagues or hang it up for good, BUT the decision should be his to make.
As for that bogus contract he signed under duress that he would be drug tested on a regular basis......that should go for ALL jockeys, there should be no discrimination, everybody that comes in contact with the horses should pee in the bottle or go to the barber if the powers in charge are that concerned.
And remember...Things work out best when you make the best of the way things work out.
[quote="Lurker"]...do you perform as well as you did 25 years ago, lol....
Some of us in our early 30s actually perform better than we did 25 years ago.
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.
Avatar: My cuzin Isaac Murphy - a jock I'm tying to emulate in character and winning percentage - almost 47% lifetime.
He may be better than any other 46 year old jockey, but who cares? There is no way in hell I'd put him up on my horse over Gomez, Bejarano and Rosario, hell I'd rather have Talamo and the Baze's as well, the last time he rode out here full time Gomez made him look like he was 76, even Frankel dropped him, the guy was a great speed jock when California tracks were conducive to his aggressive style, he is an average turf jock and at this point in his career anyone who would ride him over the current top 10 riders in So Cal is just going down memory lane, he's the proverbial Willie Mays chasing down fly balls, it ain't pretty, he was mediocre at the Fairgrounds against far weaker riders. It's over for him, and he has no one to blame but himself, he could have just as easily chosen the path Garrett Gomez did, it was no easier for Garrett.
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