Musical Jockeys: New Pilots Planned For Several Top Derby Prospects

Several of the top prospects for the 2017 Kentucky Derby will make their next starts under new jockeys, according to

Jose Ortiz, aboard the Todd Pletcher-trained Tapwrit for both the Sam F. Davis and his Tampa Bay Derby win, has elected to stick with the son of Tapit when the colt makes his next start in the April 8 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

Entered in the same race is another regular ride for Ortiz, dual Grade 1 winner Practical Joke. The Chad Brown-trained son of Into Mischief will be piloted in the G2 Blue Grass by jockey Joel Rosario.

That same Saturday, the Graham Motion-trained Irish War Cry will contest the G2 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Rosario had been aboard the son of Curlin for both his Holy Bull win and Fountain of Youth seventh-place finish, but when Irish War Cry steps on the track on April 8 he will have Rajiv Maragh in the saddle.

No word yet on which of his two contenders jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. will elect to ride on the first Saturday in May. The regular rider of both undefeated McCraken and Risen Star victor Girvin, Hernandez will likely wait until after their final prep races to make his decision. Girvin is staying on Louisiana's trail to the Kentucky Derby, and will contest the April 1 Louisiana Derby, while McCraken is scheduled to enter the Blue Grass the next Saturday at Keeneland.

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