Right or Wrong, switching Jockeys before the Kentucky Derby

April 20, 2021

On this show agent Ronnie Ebanks joins Jonathan Stettin and Jeff Metz for a frank and candid discussion on trainer John Sadler’s late decision to replace Santa Anita Derby winning rider Umberto Rispoli for Joel Rosario aboard Rock Your World in the Kentucky Derby.

Rosario became available after trainer Bob Baffert decided not to run Concert Tour who Rosario was scheduled to ride. Jockeys in the United States for the most part ride without contracts. It is usually a handshake type of thing which depending on which side of the fence you sit, can mean it is a strong commitment or no commitment at all. The conversation gets interesting and offers differing perspectives on business decisions and loyalty.

We did invite John Sadler onto the show. He never answered us. We also invited owner Kosta Hronis who did answer and say while he enjoys the show, it was John’s decision and he did not want to discuss someone else’s decision. He also offered that through the years of having horses with John he has never provided any input on riders.

“Hi John, this is John Stettin from Past the Wire. I reached out to Kosta as well. I’d like to invite one or both of you onto the YouTube show I host with Jeff Metz who I’m sure you know. While I don’t agree with the decision about Umberto and Joel I certainly respect your right to make it. I think it would be great for the fans and the sport and the transparency we need to talk about what goes into a decision like this and I think it can go very well. Thank you in advance for considering it.”

No reply…….

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