Do you want to know what really happened when Affirmed was disqualified in the Travers?
In any reasonable discussion of the greatest jockeys of all time the name Laffit Pincay has to come up.
A winner of 9,530 races from 48,486 mounts, Laffit has one of the best resumes in the sport. He is a Kentucky Derby winner, the winner of multiple Breeders’ Cup races, three Belmont Stakes and more graded stakes than we care to count.
Laffit Pincay was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in 1975 and is a 5 time Eclipse Award winner as outstanding jockey. Laffit has ridden some of the best of the best horses of his era. Affirmed, John Henry, Landaluce, Bayakoa, Swale, Althea, Perrault, Greinton, Skywalker, Spend a Buck and Conquistador Cielo, are just some of the greats Laffit rode.
Laffit Pincay was known and is still known as one of the strongest finishers the sport has ever seen. While this is true, Laffit was also great on the front end and could literally carry a horse home. He was a fierce competitor on the racetrack. He overcame injuries and constantly had to fight weight, but it never stopped his pursuit to be the best. Laffit even has an award named for him!
We go one on one with Laffit and talk about a lot of different things.
Was the Wayne Lukas plane story true? Who were the most difficult riders to ride against? Laffit’s thoughts on jockeys like Angel Cordero, Jorge Velasquez, Eddie Maple, Sandy Hawley and Pat Valenzuela. How tough was the “hot box” and what impact did it have on Laffit’s career and numbers? Which is the ride Laffit would like to have back? What did Woody Stephens tell Laffit in the paddock before Conquistador Cielo won the Belmont Stakes on five days rest after winning the Met MIle the prior Monday? How did Laffit land some key mounts and what really happened when Affirmed was disqualified in the Travers?
Get these answers and more when we take you Past the Wire and Jonathan Stettin goes one on one with the great Laffit Pincay: