Albarado back at Keeneland after his Preakness triumph with Swiss Skydiver

October 7, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Jockey Robby Albarado returned to Keeneland Wednesday on the heels of his victorious ride aboard the filly Swiss Skydiver over Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Authentic by a neck in Saturday’s Preakness (G1) at Pimlico. 

Albarado, Keeneland’s third-leading all-time rider in victories with 526 and tied for fourth in stakes wins with 53, did not ride opening weekend here because he had to be at Pimlico 72 hours before the Preakness for quarantine purposes. 

“Since I was there, (trainer) Kenny (McPeek) said why don’t you get on her in the mornings and I did for three days,” said Albarado, who rode Curlin to a head victory in the 2007 Preakness over Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. 

“The plan was to stay inside of Authentic because he tended to drift out in his races,” Albarado added. “I wanted to be inside, and she was doing it so easy down the backside. I got inside of Authentic faster than I thought I would, and I had not even asked her. At that point, I thought this is going to be a horse race.” 

Albarado had three mounts for trainer Scott Gelner on Keeneland’s Wednesday program, including Taylor’s Tourist in the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2). 

The graded stakes winning jockey has a mount scheduled for Gelner on Saturday as well as one each for trainers Brian Lynch and Kenny McPeek.

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