Luis SaezFrom the Paulick Report
Apprentice jockey Juan Saez has only been riding in Kentucky since mid-June, but already the 17-year-old native of Panama has made an impression on several veteran horsemen.

During an abbreviated Churchill Downs stint, Saez, younger brother of the talented journeyman Luis Saez, finished with a record of 5-7-2 from 27 mounts. Luis currently sits atop the jockey standings at Ellis Park, with a 5-5-3 record from 21 mounts.

Several trainers have been impressed with the teenager’s maturity and poise in the saddle, and are certain the young rider has a bright future. One such trainer is Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, who was one of the first to start riding Saez.

“He looks like a race-rider, acts like one, too,” Lukas told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “He’s very strong for his age. I think the sky’s the limit.”

Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal