Pincay, racing's all-time leading jockey with 9,088 victories (through March 4), will make his third appearance in the event. Team USA is unbeaten with Pincay in the lineup, posting victories in the 1998 and 2000 IJC. Desormeaux previously participated in 1999 and finished second in the individual standings with 18 points. Nakatani and Espinoza, two of Southern California's leading riders, will be making their debuts in the red, white and blue silks of Team USA.
Team Europe, captained by Steve Cauthen, includes IJC veterans Kieren Fallon, Frankie Dettori and Olivier Peslier. Johnny Murtagh, one of Ireland' top riders, will be making his first appearance in the event Fallon led Europe to victory in 1999 and is third all-time in individual points with 28.5.