Holland 'thoroughly enjoying himself' as American dream continues
Darryll Holland bids to add to his laurels at Gulfstream Park on Thursday, with two recent winners under his belt in the latest chapter of his career and congratulations from a famous face ringing in his ears.
Holland, undoubtedly one of the finest jockeys to have never won the riders’ title in Britain – both Barry Hills and Mark Johnston, two of his previous employers, would attest to that – has teamed up with Patrick Biancone and is making a good fist of his new challenge.
The 45-year-old notched his first ever winner in the US at Gulfstream last week, Justa Jill for trainer Nancy Harris, and followed up a day later on Biancone’s Siorno.
He rides for Barry Rose and Kathy Mongeon on Thursday, and is enjoying his time in Florida.
Holland, known as the Dazzler, told the Racing Post: “Having ridden before in the States a few times and getting agonisingly beaten in the Breeders' Cup on Falbrav, you could say my decision to come here was unfinished business.
"I’ve struck up a strong arrangement with Patrick and have been received very well by the US trainers here at Gulfstream. I’m thoroughly enjoying my time riding in the States."
He added: "Patrick is a legendary trainer, very much attention to detail, and he has helped me to adapt to the transition to the style of racing here.
"You never stop learning as a jockey. I'm here to work and ride winners. I even got a ‘well done’ from another legend, Michael Dickinson."
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