Beschizza to make Ken­tucky Derby de­but

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Mar­cus Army­tage RACING CORRESPOND­ENT

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.”

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