In the International Jockey Challenge Sunday at Santa Anita, Laffit Pincay Jr. rode two winners to lead a team of American riders to victory over a team of European jockeys.
"I really enjoyed it," said Pincay. "It was a lot of fun and there's a lot of enthusiasm because we want to win. We were trying really hard and we were trying to get every ounce of energy out of the horses. In every race, you feel like you're doing something extra for yourself and for the team. It's a good competition and I'm very proud that I won, because this is the very best from California and from Europe."
The Americans won the event for the third time in four years, finishing with a 47-37 advantage in the four-race challenge. Riders earned 10 points for a win and less points for finishing second through fifth.
Pincay won the third and sixth races, giving him 9,094 career victories and keeping him in first place with 51 wins in the Santa Anita jockey standings.
"Well, we got beat again," said Frankie Dettori, who earned 13 points for Team Europe. "It was a lot of fun. It's a great competition, we were tied going into the last two races and we just got beat in the last race. But we all had lots of fun. Next year, no one over fifty should be allowed to ride in the Jockey Challenge."