Beschizza to make Kentucky Derby debut
Adam Beschizza, the Briton carving out a career in America, has picked up his first ride in the Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs on Saturday, which was postponed four months ago.
Beschizza, 28, will partner Enforceable, a 40-1 shot, in a race for the first time after working with the colt many times. His chance has arisen after a number of high-profile jockeys decided not to travel to Louisville because of that state’s strict Covid protocols. Tiz The Law is the 8-13 favourite.
“It’s given a few of us, who have never ridden in the race, the opportunity,” Beschizza said yesterday.
“Traditionally, the first two furlongs are a cavalry charge. Enforceable is a closer, so he will be involved in the second part of the race – hopefully.”
After a promising start in Britain, Beschizza’s career stalled and in 2017, he decided to try America. By the end of 2018, he had ridden 124 winners. Last year he was leading jockey at Fair Grounds and he is riding around 1,000 races a year.
“It’s been very tough,” he said. “I’d like to get on the graded stakes bandwagon, riding in the bigger races. I’m getting there.”