What do you remember about Roman Brother as a mount?
BB: He was a very small horse. He was a gelding.
WP: Did he go to the lead or did he usually come
off the pace?
BB: He came from behind.
WP: Did you ever ride him on the grass?
BB: Yes, in the Washington International at Laurel Race Course. We finished
third. I dont remember who beat us. Some international horses. (laughs)
WP: Very funny. Who were the connections?
BB: Harbor View Farm. Affirmeds people. Lou and Patrice Wolfson.
WP: Why did they change riders to put you up?
BB: I was winning races for them all over the country. I guess they wanted
to try me on Roman Brother next.
WP: What was your biggest moment you remember with
BB: Winning the Jockey Club Gold Cup in 1965. He just galloped. He took
the lead on the backstretch of Aqueduct. They were fixing Belmont that
year so it was run at Aqueduct. He took the lead the first time around
and just galloped along. There was a horse in the race named Burned Up,
ridden by Mike Venezia that went to the lead early. He pulled up. He didnt
finish the race. I guess they named the horse right. (laughs)
WP: Why wasnt Roman Brother that good as a
three year old?
BB: He got better. He finished third in the Derby with Fernando Alvarez.
He was a Chilean jockey. He used to ride in Panama with me. I was the
best man at his wedding. His best man never showed up.
WP: Okay. Was he a sound horse?
BB: He was sound.
WP: He didnt have a sore back or a bad stifle
or knee or anything?
BB: No. Not when I was riding him. He couldnt have been that sore
if he ran two miles like he did.
WP: Anything else you remember about him?
BB: He was a nice horse. No bad habits. Maybe he was difficult when he
was younger which is why they gelded him.
WP: Thank you.
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