In preparation for another exciting group of Thoroughbred races for the Triple Crown, we sat down with Jersey City Joe, a four-year-old colt out of Lexington, Kentucky, and a (very) distant relative to 1977 Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
AW: What have you been up to since finishing fifth in your last race?
JCJ: I’ve been checking out the cute fillies in my barn, possibly contributing to my unsuccessful attempts on the track. My trainer says I need to stay more focused.
AW: Who are the big contenders for this year’s Triple Crown?
JCJ: Right now I plan to put my money on Point Given. His
trainer is Bob Baffert, whose previous horses won the Kentucky Derby in 1997 and 1998. A P Valentine is another top contender. His trainer, Nick Zito, has said that he is the best horse he has ever trained. Zito has also previously won two Derbys [1991 and 1996], so he knows the stuff that makes a Derby winner.
AW: So what happens to you after you’ve been to the big dance and become too old to race?
JCJ: First of all, I don’t know what you mean by the big dance. The closest I’ve ever gotten to the Derby is watching it on a television set in the corner of the tack room. But like most of my colleagues, when my racing days are over, I hope to find a nice home as someone’s lovable pony, or better yet, go off to stud. Now there’s a job where I’d be successful.