Fair Grounds Barn Notes
British jockey Adam Beschizza, 25, got his first American victory on Friday afternoon at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots when guiding Tabaddol home to win the second race for trainer Joe Sharp and owner Brad Grady. The formerly Newmarket-based rider is the nephew of U.K.-based trainer Julia Feilden and had previously spent a couple winters in New Orleans riding in the mornings for Sharp and 2015-16 leading trainer Mike Stidham.
“I’m delighted to get that one out of the way,” Beschizza said. “It luckily hasn’t taken me too long and I hope to strike while the iron is hot with Joe. He’s a quality trainer who enters his horses intelligently and knows what he’s doing and is very keen to do well. I like his style and we go way back to when he was an assistant to Michael Stidham and I came over as an 18-year-old bug boy from England looking for experience. Then three years ago I came back and galloped the winter for Joe during his first year as a head trainer.”
Beschizza also guided Sharp and Grady’s speedy longshot Blue Wings to a third-place effort in Thursday’s Thanksgiving Handicap. While he has no mounts Saturday, he rides five for Sharp on Sunday’s race week-ending card.
“I’ve enjoyed learning the American style of racing where you have to adapt more quickly and really know what’s underneath you,” Beschizza concluded. “I needed a new challenge after a few years in England doing the turf-to-all-weather seasons. Fair Grounds is a premier track, so I don’t take anything for granted. I hope to do well, and we will see how it goes.”