By Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times
Ryan Moore, the 31-year-old jockey from England who has won races in 11 countries, was walking briskly Wednesday morning at Santa Anita. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the San Gabriel Mountains were glistening amid the hustle and bustle of horses preparing for this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
“I love coming to California,” he said.
Santa Anita bettors love him too. Moore has won six Breeders’ Cup races in 27 starts, making him the winningest Breeders’ Cup regular rider by percentage. That’s a 22.2% clip. Mike Smith, with 20 career wins out of 101 mounts, is at 19.8%.
Last year at the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, Moore guided Dank to victory in the Filly & Mare Turf and Magician to victory in the Turf.
And yet, Moore said, “I don’t think they know me,” referring to Southern California fans.
Peter Thomas of the Racing Post wrote that Moore is “the jockey of choice for stables around the globe.”
He has six mounts Friday and Saturday among the 33 European entries. He’ll be aboard Dank (Great Britain) trying to repeat in the Filly & Mare Turf; Telescope (Ireland) in the Turf; the England-based The Great War in the Juvenile; Dimension (Great Britain) in the Turf Sprint; Qualify (Ireland) in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, and the England-based War Envoy in the Juvenile Turf.