An experienced jockey in his native Ireland, Sean McDermott is in his third full American season and got off to a big start to 2017 with two major stakes wins aboad Scorpiancer. And to think he started out riding a donkey and eventually a horse named Flamenco Fury. We talk to him about horses, Ireland, America and what it’s like to “get it right” in a race.
Joe Clancy writes about horses for thisishorseracing.com, The Saratoga Special and Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred magazine (mainly). He and his brother Sean started all this in 1994.