Hollendorfer Selects Lezcano For Rousing Sermon In Kentucky Derby

Hollendorfer Selects Lezcano For Rousing Sermon In Kentucky Derby

     Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer reported Saturday that he has selected East Coast-based jockey Jose Lezcano to ride Rousing Sermon in the Kentucky Derby on May 5 at Churchill Downs.

     Rousing Sermon will be the fourth Kentucky Derby mount for Lezcano, who finished second aboard Ice Box in the 2010 edition of the “Run For The Roses.”  Lezcano’s other Derby mounts were Deputy Glitters, who finished eighth in 2006, and Visionaire, who finished 12th in 2008.

     Lezcano has won many major races in his career, including the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic with the champion filly Royal Delta and the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap with Ron The Greek.

     Rousing Sermon will be the fifth Kentucky Derby starter for Hollendorfer, who sent out Eye of the Tiger (who finished fifth) in 2003, Cause to Believe (13th) in 2006, Bwana Bull (15th) in 2007, and Chocolate Candy (fifth) in 2009.

     Rousing Sermon is based at Hollywood Park, where he worked seven furlongs in 1:27.20 handily Saturday morning.  Winner of the 2011 California Cup Juvenile, Rousing Sermon goes into the Kentucky Derby off a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby on April 1.
     Rousing Sermon, a colt by Lucky Pulpit, was bred in California by his owners, Larry and Marianne Williams.

      Apprentice Orozco Gets First Thoroughbred Victory  --  Apprentice Irving Orozco, who has won eight Quarter Horse races, recorded his first victory on a thoroughbred Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when he captured the second race aboard Clearlyaluckyguy ($5.80).

     Clearlyaluckyguy rallied from sixth in a field of seven to win the 5 1/2-furlong maiden dash by 3 1/4 lengths over Thisonesforh’ard.  Orozco was 0-for-17 at Golden Gate Fields with two seconds and three thirds before scoring with Clearlyaluckyguy, his 18th thoroughbred mount.  Orozco rode one thoroughbred at Santa Anita before coming to the Bay Area last month.

     “Once I got to the quarter pole and knew I was going with more speed than anyone else, I thought, ‘this might be it,’” said Orozco.  “At the eighth pole I thought, ‘this is it.’  It was very exciting to win my first thoroughbred race.  It’s something I dreamed about as a little kid.”

     Orozco, 18, was born in Glendale, California, and began riding at Los Alamitos last summer.  “I got some experience riding Quarter Horses there but I always wanted to ride thoroughbreds,” said Orozco.

     Change In Post Time Beginning Thursday –  Golden Gate Fields announced that beginning with Thursday’s racing program and through the remainder of the meeting, post time will be 1:15 p.m.  Post time has been 12:45 p.m. since the meeting began
Dec. 26.  The 2011-2012 season runs through Sunday, June 17.

     The only exceptions to the 1:15 p.m. post time will be on the following dates: May 5 (Kentucky Derby Day), May 19 (Preakness Stakes Day), and June 9 (Belmont Stakes Day), when first post will be 11:45 a.m.; and May 25, June 1, June 8, and June 15, when Friday afternoon racing will commence at 3:15 p.m.