The Del Mar season was fun and I had a great time. I'm happy being married with a son on the way, due in early December. Finally, my first boy!!!!!!
The meet was full of surprising winners with good old friends and trainers who have been very supportive of me in my 28-year career. It is so good to feel young again. It is like the old days when I was riding for Bob Baffert, Jim Cassidy, Darrell Vienna, and even some of the new trainers like Simon Callaghan. My main man is Mike Pupye, even though star filly Turbulent Descent was sold to Todd Pletcher.
To watch her win at Saratoga with another rider was kind of tough, but in this line of work that's how it is.
I remember when we got on Turbo for the first time. I knew that she was the real deal. My agent and I drove from Del Mar to Hollywood Park every week during Del Mar to work her. We would leave Del Mar at 3:30 a.m. to go to Hollywood and then drive back down to Del Mar. My agent would drive and I would sleep, but man, the minute we got to the barn and I saw Turbo, it made me appreciate what I do. Having a trainer like Puype trust and support me and my judgment, and being a team with him, it is what it’s all about — living life on life's terms, having great conversations about the horses that we get on. It was a great run with Turbulent Descent, and every one involved was awesome! That group of owners was amazing. We are all sad to see her go but life goes on in this business. One door closes and another one opens …
I started working horses for Baffert this summer, it was like 20 years ago all over again. He put me on five winners at Hollywood and one second. At Del Mar, we got a stakes winner, Capital Account, in the Pat O'Brien Stakes (G1). It’s exciting to still make the board for him. My wife was there and she finally got in another stakes picture, and this time with her pregnant belly. She was waiting for another stakes win picture, her last one was at Hollywood with Turbulent Descent. It felt great seeing her in there, and afterwards we went to dinner with my agent and some friends and celebrated the win. My agent was telling us stories about his days during Del Mar as a kid. Good times!
Now that the meet is over, my wife and I stayed an extra two weeks in Del Mar, I didn't have the heart to put her back in the heat yet. I’ve been golfing and relaxing with my wife and friends. I took a break from golfing. I probably golfed like six times during the year, and this summer I golfed every time I got a chance.
I rode a couple of horses at Fairplex Park and didn’t win anything. I believe that Martin Pedroza is the king of Fairplex now.
I got to spend the day with my youngest daughter, riding rides and being goofy with her. It was hot and we were sweating, there was sweat rolling down our faces (Yuck!) but we had a great time!
The time is ending in Del Mar and we are packing up and heading back to Los Angeles and getting ready for the Santa Anita Autumn meet. I need to get back to jogging and hiking at the Sierra Madre Trail. I jog about 5-7 miles a day. After all the great food at Del Mar I need to get my diet back on routine.
I love every minute of it. I love what I do.