Clinton Potts Moves Tack to Southern Cal

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Well-traveled jockey Clinton Potts is giving the Southern California circuit a try after competing in South Florida earlier this year.

Potts was handed a three-day suspension by stewards after his first mount was disqualified from third to fourth for interference in his Hollywood Park debut Saturday. "I haven't had days since the mid 1990s," he said.

The Texas native began riding at Hollywood Park last week after posting more than 2,600 wins at tracks throughout the country. Stops have included Oklahoma, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Florida and Northern California.

"I always had horses to ride, and was breaking and training quarter horses during my freshman year in high school," said Potts, 34. "I started riding quarter horses at Blue Ribbon Downs in Oklahoma 17 years ago."

Potts won his biggest race aboard Docent in the 2003 Maryland Millions Classic but sustained a broken neck at Delaware Park last August that sidelined him for six months.

"I was in a halo 14 weeks but came back at Gulfstream Park on February 12 and won 18 races there," said Potts. "I had recuperated out here with Dr. William Caton and met Joanne Jones, my girlfriend, at Gulfstream. Joanne (a racing television commentator who works in Florida and California) talked me into giving it a try here."

Potts was in Northern California in 1991. Tommy Ball is his agent.