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Posted by on 1/27/2014 8:24:33 PM

‘The Kids Are Alright’ is a song on The Who’s first album My Generation but the kids we’re featuring here are two promising young riders in Victor Carrasco and Ashley Broussard.

As most online sports betting site bettors are aware, Victor won the Eclipse Award this year for outstanding apprentice rider and his future, as they say, is so bright, he has to wear shades.

He led all North American based riders in both races won and mounts earnings. In 1,066 starts, he made it to the winner’s circle 215 times good for a 20% rate.

His mounts earned nearly $4.5 million and his story began in San Juan, Puerto Rico mainly because of family influences.

Victor’s grandfather was a trainer but the kid never wanted to go that route and knew early on he was going to be a rider. He graduated from a riding school in his native land, got his feet wet there winning just over 10 races before moving to Florida.

To say he learned from the ground up is an understatement. He has been around horses since before he hit 10 as he work groom and take care of the animals during the summer.

He won the riding title at Laurel in the fall, was second at Delaware and Pimlico and he was in the top 15 in wins among riders in the country. He also proved he could guide a good horse to victory when he rode She’s All In to happiness in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap.

His agent Tom Stift has helped Victor along the way and some loyal trainers like Charles Harvatt and Dennis Ward. The latter is the father of trainer Wesley Ward, who also was the nation’s leading apprectice back in the day.

Stift credits a few things for Victor’s success, not the least is hard work. Stift: “He never takes a day off. Even when I tell him to take a day to rest, I’ll pull through the gate in the morning and he’s already working horses. He learns, he’s smart, he watches other riders and he takes advice.”

Those are good traits for anybody to have, rider or human being.

Ashley Broussard has been making a name for herself in the Bayou riding at Fair Grounds. She has shown a knack for getting logical horses home like a 7-1 I’m Wild and Free and for booting home shockers, like the 53-1 Carson’s Choice.

Her agent, Fred Aime, has confidence in her, Aime: “Any time you get a $100 winner it’s a surprise. But she tries on everything she gets on, gives everything a chance to win. And she looked good on the 53-1 shot. She was switching sticks and won by a neck.”

Trainer Howard Alonzo helped Broussard get started working horses at the Evangeline Training Center and that is where she learned the basics of the game. The trainer likes her style, Alonzo: “You’ve got a horse with a little speed, she gets a horse out of the gate real well and keeps them running. She’s doing well and if she gets better mounts, she’ll do even better.”

One of the best things a young rider can have is the ability to get a horse to the front quickly, and that seems to be in the cards for Ms. Broussard.

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