I tend to believe Velazquez…Jockeys are human after all and it’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Maragh was out for a bit of payback without hurting his own horse’s chances. The lesson here is how many random factors there are in a horse race, and why finding value horses at a price is so important
Belmont Stakes 2011: John Velazquez has harsh words for Rajiv Maragh – ESPN
ELMONT, N.Y. — John Velazquez said he believes that jockey Rajiv Maragh was careless in his handling of Isn’t He Perfect shortly after the start of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, causing Velazquez to nearly become unseated from Animal Kingdom in the early stages of the race. Animal Kingdom, the Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness runner-up eventually finished sixth as the 5-2 favorite in the Belmont.
Further, Velazquez said he thinks Maragh may have deliberately taken a left-hand turn aboard Isn’t He Perfect to impede Mucho Macho Man, a horse Maragh had been taken off after riding him in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Mucho Macho Man, under Ramon Dominguez, broke from post 10, in between Animal Kingdom and Isn’t He Perfect.