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January 2019

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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JR: John and I go way back, starting with my time in California. He gave me many opportunities. I feel really grateful. And I think it's another step forward in my career—a big step for me. I used to watch the Breeders' Cup and races like that [as a kid]. I never thought in my life I'd be in this position. JR: I think so—there's not many jockeys who come out of the Dominican Republic. Everybody growing up there, they want to play baseball. For me, being so successful, winning all those races, definitely gives the kids something to look up to. JR: Yeah, I did to begin with. It was a complete surprise. He just congratulated me for winning the Kentucky Derby. TDN: Where does your Breeders' Cup Classic win for John Sadler fit into your career, taking into account your Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby wins? TDN: You're the most successful jockey to come out of the Dominican Republic. Do you think your achievements have influenced the kids back there? TDN: Talking of the Kentucky Derby, I hear the president of the Dominican Republic called you after your Derby win. What did you talk about? Did you think it was a hoax?

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