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Jockey Cliff Berry will have to sit out Kentucky Derby

By Robert Przybylo Modified: April 30, 2009 at 6:55 am •  Published: April 30, 2009
"It’s not just another race.”

Von Hemel trained Clever Trevor in the 1989 Kentucky Derby to a 13th-place finish and has had Berry ride his horses for years at Remington.

At 46, Berry thought his moment had passed him by.

He began as a quarter horse jockey in 1980 before moving to thoroughbreds the following year and has been doing it ever since.

Berry is the all-time leading jockey at Remington Park. He has been the leading jockey 12 times at Remington and has been the leading jockey at Lone Star Park in Texas on three occasions and has more than 3,000 career wins.

However, he’s never been in a Triple Crown race but is hopeful he’ll get another opportunity.

"I’ve been acknowledged, and hopefully I can build on this,” Berry said. "I definitely want another chance at this.”

Berry was going to fly into Kentucky on Saturday morning. Though he won’t be there, he said he is still going to watch the race.

Robertson said Win Willy was feeling fine and running fine all week. It was a precautionary X-ray that showed the colt has the makings of a fracture in his left front pastern (near the ankle), and Robertson didn’t want to risk the horse’s health.

"You can’t take chances,” Robertson said. "Most things start out little, then you look away and they become big problems. I’m not going to let that happen.”

It would have been the first Kentucky Derby for Robertson. He said he plans to let Win Willy heal for a couple months and then hopes to have him back racing.

135th Kentucky Derby
→When: 5:04 p.m. Saturday

→Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky.

→TV: KFOR-4 (Cox 3)


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