NEW YORK -- Only a few years removed from being the winningest rider in New York, Chris Antley's business is sluggish, but his sense of adventure is not. Ready to try something else, Antley will shift permanently to the California circuit shortly before the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita.
"It's a big move and my feelings are a cross between nervous and excited all at the same time," Antley said Monday. "I got suspended in California toward the end of Saratoga and decided to stay out there for a week. I loved the people and the atmosphere. I really want to go there and just hope that I get off to a good start."
Antley has had phenomenal success in New York. He was the leading rider on the NYRA circuit with 234 winners in 1989, a year in which he won at least one race for 64 straight racing days.
In 1987, he became the first jockey to win nine races in one day when he had four wins at Aqueduct, followed by five more the same night at the Meadowlands. In 1991, he won the Kentucky Derby aboard Strike the Gold.