It seems Jose Lezcano is always “pinch-hitting” for other jockeys when they’re not available.
On Saturday at Keeneland, Lezcano pulled his own Raul Ibanez-like performance. Did anyone see it?
First, he powered 25-1 shot Strike the Moon to a second-place finish behind monster Groupie Doll in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes. Seriously – that added some value to the exacta!
He urged Tapitsfly past Daisy Devine in the First Lady, undoubtedly one of the most stirring stretch battles so far this season. Tapitsfly hadn’t shown much in her last two starts.
The big finale: filling in for John Velazquez aboard quite possibly America’s best horse in training, Lezcano guided Wise Dan around traffic in a five-wide move to win in the Shadwell Turf Mile.
Where is the love for Jose Lezcano?