G.R. Carter Jr. to Ride in All American Futurity
The 10-time champion jockey will ride Koolnfamous in the traditional Labor Day classic at Ruidoso Downs.
August 28, 2016
Retired 10-time national champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. is back exercising racehorses and will ride Koolnfamous in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day, September 5.
Carter has two All American Futurity wins and is the all-time leading quarter horse jockey with 3,803 wins and purse earnings of more than $70 million. He retired last December to enter the oil pipeline business and will return to his business after the All American Futurity. He has not ruled out riding horses in future major stakes races.
Two weeks ago, Carter worked horses for two days at Remington Park in Oklahoma City.
“I lost nine pounds and decided to wait and see what happens in the All American,” Carter said after getting on six horses during his first day of exercising horses at Ruidoso Downs on Friday. “I have to pull about another 10 pounds, but that shouldn’t be a problem. I have plenty of time.
"I feel really good on a horse," he added. "I was expecting to be a little sore.”
The mount on Koolnfamous became available after his trial jockey, Esgar Ramirez, qualified three horses to the All American Futurity and opted to ride fastest qualifier Imperial Eagle in the final. Carter hasn't yet ridden Koolnfamous, but he expects to within the next several days for trainer Toby Keeton.
“I’ve watched replays of his races and he looks like he likes 440 yards,” Carter said.
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