Gary Stevens

Jockey hopeful Taylor Leatherman got boost to budding career exercising Royal Mo

Jockey hopeful Taylor Leatherman got boost to budding career exercising Royal Mo

Taylor Leatherman wants to ride a Triple Crown winner one day. Her best mount has been a horse that will not run one Triple Crown leg. And still her few days’ experience with a would-be Preakness contender last week could be among the most significant of her young racing career.

Thanks to a family connection and an accommodating younger sister, the 17-year-old from Union Bridge found herself as the exercise rider for the John Shirreffs-trained Royal Mo upon the colt’s arrival at Pimlico Race Course. She now wishes she’d had more time with him: Royal Mo suffered a career-ending right front leg injury Sunday during a workout with jockey Gary Stevens.

“It was an amazing...

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