Hall of Fame jockey Sandy Hawley, who has 6,450 lifetime wins to his credit; Brian Lynch, trainer of Oscar Performance, the winner of last weekend’s Belmont Derby (G1T); and trainer Brendan Walsh, who conditions the multiple graded stakes winner and top handicap horse Honorable Duty, were the guests on this week’s “Riders Up!” with Frank Lyons and John Gaver. If you missed the broadcast on Sunday, July 16, you can catch the replay HERE.
Desmond Sanford “Sandy” Hawley, a native of Oshawa, Canada, was the first jockey to ever win 500 races in one year, an accomplishment he pulled off in 1973, breaking a record held by the legendary Bill Shoemaker. Hawley discussed his career, being a cancer survivor, and recalled the “Living Legends Race”, which he won over seven other Hall of Fame riders at Santa Anita in 2008 to give him career win number 6,450.
Lynch, a former boxer, rugby player, and professional bull rider who is originally from Brisbane, Australia, was an assistant trainer for Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel and has conditioned the graded stakes winners Grand Arch, Heart To Heart, Lightstream, Shaman Ghost, and Coffee Clique, among others. He talked about recent grade one winner Oscar Performance, his professional rodeo days, and gave us a few two-year-olds in his barn to keep an eye on in the future.
Walsh has been one of the hottest trainers on the Kentucky circuit this spring and summer and is the conditioner of the top handicapper Honorable Duty, most recently second behind the buzz saw Gun Runner in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs, and this year’s Illinois Derby (G3) winner Multiplier. He talked about growing up in County Cork, Ireland, his past experience in both the United States and abroad, and gave us some insight into some promising new additions to his stable.
“Riders Up!” with Frank Lyons and John Gaver airs Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. Eastern and is available for live streaming on the ESPN Sports Radio 1300 app (for iOS or Android) or by visiting the WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300 website.
Frank and I hope to give you fresh insights and perspectives into the many colorful personalities that make up the world of Thoroughbred horse racing. Check us out on Sunday mornings from 7:00 to 8:00 A.M. in Lexington, Kentucky on 1300 AM, WLXG ESPN Sports Radio, or worldwide by visiting the WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300 website.
Header image: “Fair High,” oil on board by Vaughn Flannery (American, 1898 – 1955)