Arlington International Barn Notes (6/15/13)
Contact: Michael Adolphson
In today's notes:
FLORENT FLOURISHING IN 2013
In 2012, despite six weeks off because of an injury, jockey Florent Geroux had a respectable Arlington International Racecourse meet. This year, the 26-year-old Frenchman has been healthy, happy and is doing nothing short of flourishing. After winning five races in the last two race days, including a hat trick on Wednesday June 12, the Normandy native has almost equaled his win total of the previous year.
“I’m healthy and have good trainers trusting me with their horses. I think things could have been like this last year, but I was injured and lost a lot of my business after that,” Geroux reflected. “There’s always a lot of luck and timing involved. And, riding for good horses for trainers like Catalano is important, too.”
Indeed, leading trainer Wayne Catalano has been a significant supporter of Geroux and his current surge of success. As of Friday, the two are winning 56 percent of their races together (nine starts). “When you ride for Catalano, you know the horse is going to be ready. You might have some pressure going off as the favorite, but you know it’ll be a good horse,” the jockey stated.
Geroux also has received a great deal of support from Doug Matthews, with three wins in 20 rides for the conditioner, and Roger Brueggemann, for whom he has ridden six winners in 19 starts. Brueggemann often provides horses owned by the expansive powerhouse stable Midwest Thoroughbreds. “I’m very happy to be riding a few horses for Midwest Thoroughbreds. They have good horses and I’m lucky enough to be picked to ride them.”
For about two years, Geroux has had a productive and successful relationship with Doug Bredar, his agent. Bredar, a respected and affable personality around the track, has helped to engineer what has been a remarkable turnaround for the young jockey. In 2012, thanks in part to the aforementioned injury, Geroux scored at an ordinary 12 percent and ended the season with 25 wins. As of Friday, Geroux has 19 wins and is striking at nearly 20 percent at this year’s meet.
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