Barbadian Jockey barely past teens and is close to being Half-Million Dollar Man on Canadian Racetracks
Rico Walcott… Now, there’s (have no idea how to pronounce his first name) who’s blazing away in Vancouver. According to the Daily Racing Form (to read it you have to ), racing is possibly a hereditary trait for the 21 year old – , but it’s
, who is a half-brother to one of Alberta’s leading riders, Quincy Welch, was born in Barbados. He became involved with horses through his father, who is an owner and trainer there.
“I was around horses all the time as a kid and I liked it,” he said. “I went to jockey school for six or seven months, and when you’re finished you get an exercise license. After a few more months at the track, you can get your jockey’s license.“
According to , he got off to a good start as a rider.
“I was the leading apprentice in 2002 and 2003,” he said. “I also won the Guineas, which is the first leg of the triple crown.“
Assiniboia Downs, where he rode only 45 horses and won 5 races. Struggling to get mounts, he left before the meet concluded, which turned out to be a good thing. first rode in Canada in 2005 at
“There were a lot of jockeys there at the time and I was only riding a few horses on the weekends,” he said. “I went home for a visit and I ended up winning the derby.“
No wonder his purse at last tally was just over 473-thousand Canadian bucks!