Jockey With Fairmount Roots Gets Preakness Chance
Horse riding -Conquest Mo Money’s octogenarian owner is not the only latecomer to the spotlight that surrounds the 142nd Preakness Stakes .Jockey With Fairmount Roots .
While 81-year-old owner Tom McKenna has several decades on the horse’s 34-year-old jockey.
Saturday’s race will certainly be the biggest of Jorge Carreno’s career.
“I try not to put too much (pressure),” said Carreno, whose roots in horse racing go back to Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill.
I know it’s a big race, it’s like a dream for a rider, right? I just feel confidence in my horse and I just put it in my mind that it’s another race.
Since coming to the United States from his native Mexico to begin riding professionally in 2002.
Carreno has won more than 1,300 races and has helped earn the owners of his horses more than $13 million in prize money.
Carreno is the first in his family to be a jockey, but he grew up riding horses and donkeys that his father.
Dionicio, owned in Cocula, near Guadalajara.His father came to the U.S. to be a groom .
And the older of his two sons followed him to Fairmount Park.
Most of Carreno’s career has been spent out west. It was at Sunland Park in New Mexico that he first rode Conquest Mo Money as a 2-year-old.
Conquest Mo Money won there again on Feb. 26 in the 1 1/16-mile Mine That Bird Derby, by two lengths.
There have been two subsequent second-place finishes, including the Arkansas Derby in mid-April.
Unlike most jockeys, Carreno likes to also play the role of exercise rider for the horse’s early-morning workouts.
He feels good, he liked the track today,” Carreno said. “I just want to show him the track. … In the mornings.
this horse is so calm, he’s not too excited about anything. He’s just so gentle. … We just get along so good.