(Colby Hernandez / Photos by Coady Media)

As I strolled along the backside at Churchill Downs one day last week, I bumped into a couple of ole’ friends and racetrack regulars in Doug Bredar and Liz Morris.

Both had their appointment books, condition books, and papers galore stuck under one arm and a hot cup of jove in the other mitt.

Per usual, the duo were going barn to barn to hustle rides for their respect clients and there are no better people in the game today.

Bredar was the genius behind Florent Geroux, who came from France and now has made a very nice living in these United States of America. It was Bredar who helped hook him up with the best trainer in these same United States of America — one Brad Cox. And, it was Bredar who helped him obtain mounts on Stakes-caliber horses all over the country.

But as luck — or is it “no luck at all” — has it, Geroux unceremoniously dumped Bredar about a year or so ago and went hunting for greener pastures and checkbooks. Doubt he finds it, but this is the United States of America, right?

As for Bredar, he has landed quite nicely. As one may expect. He has picked up James Graham, a hard boot dandy known for his expertise with grass horses. And, he has helped Corey Lanerie, who used to be one of Kentucky’s best, regain his magic touch and afternoon inspiration, too. Lanerie nearly won the riding title at The Fair Grounds over the winter. With a win or two more, he may have been on top — again.

And, there is Liz Morris — a former rider and jockey, too. Get this, she won her first race in a camel race at Ellis Park. LOL. Now, that’s a great start. Over the years, she had nearly 2,000 starts (1,966) and ended up with 130 wins, 179 seconds and another 191 thirds. Her horses earned over $2.2 million in purses.

In 2020, Liz became just the second female jockey agent to ever have a client with a mount in the greatest race of all — the Kentucky Derby. And, she became the first female agent to have two riders in the race, as well, when both her clients at the time — Adam Beschizza and Gabriel Saez — got to ride.

In our backside chat, Liz announced that her new client, one Colby Hernandez, will be a regular rider at the Horseshoe Indianapolis meet in Shelbyville, IN.

His tack and talent will be a great addition to the jockey’s quarters at one of the best meets in America. Colby, the younger brother of Brian Hernandez, Jr., is one accomplished and skilled rider.

He has ridden the likes of G3 winners Change of Control, Caribbean Caper and Runaway Storm. Over a fine career, he has had over 15,182 mounts and his horses have won over $58 million in purses.

Most of all, though, in my memory bank, Colby has been one of the riders to help Just Might become a racing millionaire for trainer Michelle Lovell. Although he did not ride him in the first Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes, Just Might won that day. And, Just Might’s halter — a gift from my friend, Michelle — now proudly hangs in my office.

Colby Hernandez will be a great addition to the racing circuit in Indiana. He will join Marcelino Pedroza, DeShawn Parker and Fernando De La Cruz as some of the likely leaders in the jockey race to the rider’s title.

Liz Morris will help Colby make the transition from a regular in Kentucky to one of the best in Indiana with aplomb and success. I am sure of it. And, I am thrilled to watch this new rider add another fantastic element to one of the best and fastest-growing racing circuits in these United States of America.

I am sure to it.

That’s my “Thought of the Day.”

 

(Rider Colby Hernandez / Coady Media)