Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Rising jockey McKee rides winner in RD homecoming



The Enquirer and wire reports

Jockey John McKee, 21, returning to River Downs for a two-day busman's holiday while Keeneland is dark, rode Danzarina Gaucha to victory in the feature race Monday.

He was second in his only other mount Monday. He was named on three horses for today's card.

"I'm not here for the money," said McKee, the leading rider at last year's RD meeting and currently riding at Keeneland after wintering at Aqueduct. "It was a good feeling being back in the winner's circle where I had my first winner. It was a homecoming of sorts. Everyone welcomed me back - from the jockeys to the fans."

A Sports Illustrated photo image of the native of Hamersville, Ohio, with an American flag background, graces the cover of the River Downs program.

McKee also was the leading rider at Turfway Park's fall meeting. He broke Hall of Famer Steve Cauthen's apprentice records last year at RD and Churchill Downs and was runner-up in Eclipse Award balloting for North America's outstanding apprentice rider of the year.




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