Jockeys lament losing Kentucky Derby run | NOLA.com
LOUISVILLE, KY. — As usual after a Derby, some jockeys who rode losing horses were lamenting their misfortune.
Union Rags, who was the second choice in the betting behind Bodemeister, fell far behind early before rallying to finish seventh.
“He broke a step slow, and he usually breaks well from the gate,” said Julien Leparoux, who rode Union Rags. “Then we got bumped, and we dropped far back. After the first turn and on the backside, I tried to find room inside, but I had nowhere to go where I can make a move.”
Dullahan rallied to finish third for Louisiana-born jockey Kent Desormeaux. “He was starting to get disgruntled because of all the sand he had eaten,” Desormeaux said. “I was encouraging him to go faster, but he was slowing down. When I made my move turning for home, two horses peeled out in front of me, and I ended up going nine wide.”
John Velazquez, who rode fourth-place finisher Went the Day Well, said he broke slowly.