Saturday, January 16, 2010
Mike James and his agent, George Ortuzar, were out early Friday morning at Clockers' Corner, where I had a chance to chat with them for a few minutes. James graduated from Chris McCarron's North American Racing Academy in Kentucky in 2008 -- in the first graduating class. He has since ridden at Turfway (where he won his first race), Keeneland, and most recently in Northern California.
A native of Southern California, James recently moved back to his family home in Glendora. In discussing his experience at the racing academy, James explained that he had never been on a horse before arriving at McCarron's school, but he has always enjoyed participating in extreme sports including skateboarding and snowboarding. He currently rides with a 7-lb. apprentice allowance, and we wish him lots of success riding at the Santa Anita meet!