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WHAT THEY SAY - Harrison Lewis - RACEHORSE JOCKEY

Friday, September 08, 2017

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When did you start your career as a jockey?

I wasn't even into the sport at first. When I was attending the Waterford High School, I was more into playing football and other sports rather than thinking about horse racing. Then, after an owner recommended me to the track, I took it upon myself to visit Caymanas Park. After a while I developed a liking for the horses, which I still have up to this day. I went around trainer Desmond Shand, who showed me the ropes and everything there is to know about horses and more. I started my career as a jockey in 2006 and from then, there has been no looking back. I am a racehorse jockey and I am happy with that.

Which horse was your first winner?

My first winner was a horse by the name of Crusader Rally over six and a half furlongs (1,300m). That day, I was the happiest man on earth. I was [overcome with] joy and excitement all at once. It was a very nice feeling knowing that I rode a winner after so much hard work, determination and dedication that I put towards the sport. It was a really special day, filled with a heap of memories.

Which horse was your longest-odds winner?

My longest-odds winner was Double The Honey at odds of 32-1. It doesn't matter the odds – it is always good to win races, and that is what jockeys are in the sport to do: to win races over and over again. However, that day when Double The Honey won, I was extremely happy because I won the race beating Exotic Gold with American-based jockey Orlando Bocachica in the saddle, and Rio Cobre with then champion jockey Dane Nelson aboard, in a blanket finish with three horses across the wire on Derby Day. All three horses were trained by Wayne DaCosta. That victory was a sweet one and I will always remember it – one of my best rides in the saddle, and on Derby Day too.

Which is the best horse you have ever ridden?

Double The Honey, who was an Overnight Allowance campaigner, My Legacy, who always ran some good races, Bora Bora and Nasatol. On Nasatol I won as many as eight races – he was a really talented horse. All of those horses were talented, and I am honoured that I got the chance to ride them all.

Which is the best horse you have seen race at Caymanas Park?

Well, I have seen a lot of talented horses race at Caymanas Park, but Saint Cecelia, Blumenthal, Mark My Word and Menudo have really stood out for me. They were really talented horses that always give their best each time they raced. They all have outstanding racing records and were very popular with the public.

Who has influenced your career the most?

Well, everyone has been good to me so far, but I have to give a special shout-out to Desmond Shand, Randolph Shaw and my father Harriston Lewis (Sr). These gentlemen really played a significant part in my development as a rider and, importantly, as a person, so I thank them publicly for their assistance.

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