by Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes

Since becoming a familiar face on the Fair Grounds riding circuit, jockey Adam Beschizza has made quite a name for himself and only hopes that such success will continue on throughout the meet.

A native of Cambridge, England, Beschizza rode twice at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in January 2015 for trainer Joe Sharp before returning home. He is a multiple stakes winning jockey in England where he won at 20%. This fall he made yet another journey across the pond to the Fair Grounds and is currently finishing in the money at 60% as a leading rider.

“When I was 18, I was a bug boy back home and then I got a bit of experience on the racing scene here,” Beschizza, 24, said. “I breezed horses here for a few months for Michael Stidham, Joe Sharp was his assistant then and that’s how we’ve sort of built up this connection ever since then. That’s been about seven or eight years now.”

Beschizza has won ten races so far this meet, all of which have been for trainer Joe Sharp.

“Joe said that he would help out in putting us on the map, but he’s really done more than just that,” Beschizza said. “He’s really helped us out so we’re delighted for that. We’re always taking things one step at a time and willing to accept a challenge. It’s not always easy, but just this meet alone there’s a good structure of jockeys here and every year it’s improved so we take things one step a time and move on.”

Beschizza is pleasantly surprised with how successful he has been this meet and stated that he plans on riding at Churchill Downs in the spring.

“I thought we’d be a lot slower to get going,” Beschizza said. “But Joe has really helped me out as far as everything is concerned. It’s all about while I’m here now, just trying to build up as many contacts as we can and hopefully ride a few nice ones.”

Represented by agent Liz Morris, Beschizza is named the rider of four horses on Thursday’s card: Princess Dolores (Race 1), Mistake Present (Race 2), Wathnon (Race 5), and Italian Charm (Race 6).