For some it's all about the floral dresses, hats and mint juleps. For my DAD it was all about the horses.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Another Kentucky Derby, another last-minute change for jockey John Velazquez.
Once again, Velazquez didn't stay unemployed for long. Trainer H. Graham Motion quickly grabbed him to ride Animal Kingdom, winner of the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.
Velazquez replaces Robby Albarado, who suffered a broken nose earlier this week at Churchill Downs when a horse bucked him off during a post parade, and then delivered a kick to the face.
"We made the decision this morning, before the betting opened, so the punters would have full knowledge of what the deal was," said Barry Irwin, whose Team Valor International owns Animal Kingdom.
Velazquez is 0 for 12 in the Derby. His best finish was a second aboard Invisible Ink in 2001.
Motion lost his top Derby contender earlier this week when Wood Memorial winner Toby's Corner was scratched Monday with a left hind leg injury.
"It's been a real emotional roller coaster for everybody," Motion said. "That is the nature of the game, and what you grow used to."
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