Two-Minute Lick - Chris McCarron
Chris McCarron is a Hall of Fame jockey who is fifth on the all-time list with 7,141 victories. These wins include two Kentucky Derbys (Alysheba, 1987; Go for Gin, 1994) and five Breeders’ Cup Classics, including back-to-back scores aboard Tiznow in 2000-2001. Now retired, McCarron runs the North American Racing Academy in Lexington. It is the only accredited jockey school in the United States.
Name: Chris McCarron
Birthplace: Dorchester, Mass.
Most influential person in my career: My brother Gregg
Other sports/teams I follow: Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins
My heroes: My Dad, my Mom, Carl Yastrzemski, Bobby Orr
My most treasured possession/memento: My health
A pet peeve: Irresponsible people, especially students
Music I listen to: Classic rock and pop
Favorite websites I visit daily: Daily Racing Form, the Blood-Horse, Equidaily and Equibase
Gadget I can’t live without: Duh! My BlackBerry!
Hobbies away from Thoroughbred racing: Golf
Favorite movies: The Sting, Gone with the Wind, and Seabiscuit
TV shows I watch: “Jeopardy,” “60 Minutes,” “Around the Horn,” “Dancing With The Stars” and “American Idol”
Favorite foods: Steak and potatoes, baby back ribs
Favorite exercise regimen: Treadmill
What I drive: 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
If I could be a guest on any TV talk show it would be: Oprah, except she’s done; so Jay Leno
If I could appear on any TV show, it would be: None of the aforementioned, I’d make a fool of myself!
If I could play any instrument in a band, it would be: The harmonica, because you can just make a lot of noise!
Favorite musician/band: Paul McCartney, The Beatles
Favorite actor: Triple dead heat: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Robert DeNiro and Gary Stevens
I’d like to have dinner with: Bill Shoemaker because he ALWAYS made me laugh!
My philosophy on life: Live well, laugh often, love much!
Favorite animal other than a horse: Cat, I have three of them.
Twitter handle: Don’t have one