McKee Readies for Return to the Kentucky Circuit

John McKee, an Eclipse Award nominee for leading apprentice jockey of 2002, will leave Aqueduct in New York March 30 and return to the Kentucky circuit.

Last year, McKee won riding titles at River Downs in Ohio and Turfway Park in Kentucky. He broke two of Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen's apprentice
records for number of wins at Churchill Downs and River Downs.

"The people we've met in New York have been great to us all winter, and we are very pleased that we rode here over the winter," McKee said. "It was a great experience. (Agent) Eddie Campbell feels we can pick up where we left off in Kentucky. He is responsible for my success so far, and I'll ride wherever he wants me to."

McKee said he would ride the final two nights of the Turfway winter/spring meet and be on hand when Keeneland opens April 4.

This season at Aqueduct, McKee's mounts have already earned just under $2 million, and he is listed in the top 30 riders in North America. "I'm leaving here with mixed emotions," McKee said. "Trainers like Dick Dutrow and Nick Zito really helped me while I was here. Coming from Hamersville, Ohio, it could have been overwhelming, but the people here were great."