Jockey Kaenel Moving to Northern California

(from Laurel Park release)
Jockey Kyle Kaenel, the son of "Cowboy" Jack Kaenel who won the 1982 Preakness (gr. I) with Aloma's Ruler, will move his tack to Northern California's Golden Gate Fields after Friday's 10-race card at Laurel Park.

The well-traveled 18-year-old, who relocated to Maryland from New York, has won 15 races from 164 mounts at the major Maryland tracks since late April. Kaenel has also competed regularly in Southern California, at Arizona's Turf Paradise and in Illinois.

"My dad did well out there (Northern California) and it looks like I'll have more opportunities," said Kaenel, who rode three winners at Pimlico on June 1. "There aren't as many riders in that colony. This room will get more crowded once Delaware shuts down in November."

Kaenel said he plans on returning to Maryland next spring.