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.
Carter Jr. has two All American Futurity wins and is the all-time leading quarter horse jockey with 3,803 wins and his mounts earned 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 Jr. went to Remington Park and worked horses for two days. “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. 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. He will ride Imperial Eagle, fastest qualifier on the first of two days on All American Futurity trials. There were 30 440-yard trials with 15 trials each day.
Carter Jr. hasn’t ridden Koolnfamous, however expects to get on him in the next several days for trainer Toby Keeton. “I’ve watched replays of his races and he looks like he likes 440 yards,” Carter Jr. said.
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