Luis Ocasio, Lane Luzzi in Photo for Apprentice Eclipse

January 5, 2017

The race for the Eclipse award for best apprentice has come right down to the wire.

Luis Ocasio leads the nation in money won and overall wins as a bug rider, which many years would assure him the Eclipse. This year he is up against Lane Luzzi, who has also had a fine year, and rides in South Florida, primarily at Gulfstream Park, which has a bigger following and presence than the Mid-Atlantic circuit where Luis rides.

Lane is also the son of long time New York journeyman Mike Luzzi, which can’t hurt him politically. It’s a tough race, and both riders have earned their due consideration. With the odds somewhat against him, Luis Ocasio has proved a worthy adversary, and this “should be” a close and tough vote.

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