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?
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?
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?
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.