Breeders’ Cup Notes/Edited
LEXINGTON, Ky.—Hronis Racing, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm and Woodford Racing’s Flightline again was one of the first horses on the track Wednesday morning, galloping 1 1/4m with regular morning partner Juan Levya aboard.
Leyva, who is one of 18 riders to have won a Breeders’ Cup race with his first mount, has been with Flightline since he arrived in the barn save for three weeks when he was with trainer John Sadler’s horses at Oaklawn Park.
So, what was it like getting on Flightline for the first time?
“Best horse I ever sat on,” Leyva said.
And riding that “best horse”?
“I can’t describe it,” Leyva said. “There is a certain amount of pride that they entrust you with this kind of horse.”
Ironically, every morning that Flightline goes to the track there are some early departures from the runway across U.S. 60 at Blue Grass Airport.
“I tell him to chill out,” Leyva said with a big grin. “You don’t have to take off yet!”