Over 90s given own race in US

The Racing Paper - - Trends And Diary -

A RACE­COURSE in Amer­ica has bro­ken new ground by hold­ing a race for horses whose train­ers are aged 90 or over.

As the con­test at Emer­ald Downs at­tracted only four run­ners you would imag­ine the ex­per­i­ment is un­likely to be re­peated. Ex­pe­ri­ence usu­ally comes at a cost for most train­ers in this coun­try with the vast ma­jor­ity hand­ing in their li­cences be­fore they pass sev­enty.

Not so in Florida where vet­eran Jerry Bozzo sad­dled Cot­ton Tooyah to win at Gulf­stream Park a year ago at the ven­er­a­ble age of 96.

He said: “When peo­ple ask what the heck are you do­ing here at your age I tell them I’m en­joy­ing it. That’s why I am do­ing it.”

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