Apprentice Kaenel Red Hot at Turf Paradise

Sixteen-year-old apprentice jockey Kyle Kaenel completed the abbreviated race week at Turf Paradise March 29 with 13 victories in four days, including back-to-back four-baggers.

"This is the place for me to be right now," said Kaenel, son of former rider "Cowboy" Jack Kaenel. "I went to California for two months but I wasn't getting the mounts and experience I needed. Here I'm getting it."

Kaenel won four races on consecutive days March 28 and 29 at the Phoenix track. His wins March 28 came on consecutive mounts. Kaenel has won four races in one day on five occasions at the current meet.

The 13 wins moved Kaenel solidly into second place in the jockey standings with 86 victories, just six behind leader Wilson Dieguez.

"I'm just focusing on riding and learning as much as I can, not on being leading rider," said Kaenel. "If the title comes, it comes."

The live race meet concludes May 22.