It has been a few days, but the smile remains for jockey Albin Jimenez when he looks back on his victory aboard Knicks Go in Saturday’s $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1).
Owned by KRA Stud Farm and trained by Ben Colebrook, Knicks Go led all the way to win by 5½ lengths and earn a spot in the $2 million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Churchill Downs Nov. 2.
“I got to the three-eighths pole and I was wondering why there was no pressure on us,” Jimenez, a 27-year-old native of Panama, said of Knicks Go, who at 70-1 was the longest price on the board in the field of 13. “We got to the quarter pole and there was still nobody. I had a lot of horse and he just kept going.”
Jimenez came to the U.S. in 2010 and rode a lot at Turfway Park and Indiana Grand. One trainer he rode for on a consistent basis was Wesley Ward.
“He asked me if I wanted to move on up, and last year I rode at Gulfstream in the winter for the first time,” said Jimenez, who plans to return to South Florida this winter. He rode 24 winners during the last winter meet.