Jockey Flavien Prat Chats 2019 Kentucky Derby Win, Adjusting to U.S. Horse Racing


Flavien Prat is a name to know when it comes to the Kentucky Derby. The native of France has had enormous success since he began riding in the United States full time in 2015. And he'll be adding to his growing resume because he’ll be aboard one of the Kentucky Derby's leading contenders — a horse named Zandon.

Ren Carothers sat down with Prat as he prepares for another shot at Derby glory. He discussed what it was like to win his first Kentucky Derby in 2019 aboard Country House — a victory earned when the winner of that race, Maximum Security, was disqualified and Country House was moved up from second to first. How did that win feel and how would it compare to crossing the wire first if Prat were able to do it aboard Zandon this year?

Hear what it was like for Prat growing up in France as the son of a horse trainer and how he decided to become a jockey. Prat also shares how he made the transition to riding in the US and ultimately to becoming one of the best riders in the country. In 2021, Prat won the Preakness Stakes on Rombauer, which added to his resume of major American dirt race victories.

Prat recently relocated to the East Coast after being based in California for most of his career. The early results have been positive. Prat shared why and how he was able to so seamlessly make the transition. Can he earn that next big win at the Kentucky Derby with Zandon?

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