Jockey legend Piggott has Breeders' Cup horse

October 21, 1990|By Paul Moran | Paul Moran,Newsday

The British riding legend, Lester Piggott, 5, who recently launched a comeback after five years in retirement, has a Breeders' Cup mount.

Piggott, who served less than two years in a British prison after being convicted on income-tax evasion charges, began his comeback Tuesday at Chepstow, Wales, where he won two races.

On Wednesday, he was offered the mount on Royal Academy in the Breeders' Cup Mile by trainer Vincent O'Brien, for whom he has ridden four English Derby winners. O'Brien reviewed videotapes of Piggott's races at Chepstow before offering the assignment, which became available when Royal Academy's usual rider, John Reid, injured his collarbone.

Piggott, who has ridden 4,351 winners in Britain and more than 800 elsewhere, rode only one horse in a Breeders' Cup race prior to retirement, finishing 11th aboard Theatrical in the 1985 Turf at Aqueduct.


Northern Wolf's blistering 56 3/5-second move over five furlongs preparation for the Breeders' Cup Sprint was the Hank Allen-trained colt's final exercise of the year. Northern Wolf, who upset Safely Kept in the De Francis Dash at Pimlico, suffered a chipped sesamoid and is out of the Sprint.

Hansel, second in the Hopeful and winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity, wrenched an ankle in an early-week workout at Churchill Downs and is out of the Juvenile.

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