Crotchett Hoping To Make Riding Debut Before Oaklawn Meet Ends

Kaylee Crotchett, an exercise rider for trainer Wayne Catalano, said Saturday morning that she hopes to make her riding debut before the Oaklawn meeting’s scheduled end on May 2.

Crotchett, 21, was raised in Henryville, Ind., about 25 miles north of Churchill Downs and has been galloping horses for approximately five years.

“I grew up with horses, just trail riding,” Crotchett said. “The race horses have always kind of been in and out of my life. I always knew I wanted to do something with it, so I started galloping when I was 16. Just been here ever since.”

Crotchett said she began galloping horses at a small training center in Indiana before moving to Churchill Downs to work as an exercise rider for trainer Buff Bradley. She spent approximately a year as an exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas before joining Catalano a couple of months ago.

Crotchett said she galloped Grade 3 winner Warrior’s Club for Lukas. Crotchett is a regular morning partner of Manny Wah, who finished third in the $350,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) for older horses April 18.

“I’m very excited,” Crotchett said. “I’m hoping I can get in. I’m trying to talk to Lukas and see if he’ll put me on one before the end of the meet, but we’re running out of days.”

Crotchett said if she doesn’t make her career debut at Oaklawn, it will be in Kentucky, possibly at the Churchill Downs spring meeting.

“Hopefully, I can get at least one ride here, just so I don’t have to get OK’d again and go talk to the stewards,” Crotchett said.

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