Panama Jockey in Kentucky Derby
Saturday, May 06 2006 @ 04:56 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Something I always wanted to do was make it here to the United States. I smuggled myself, in 1982. I had friends in the U.S. Army. Every weekend a bunch of them would cross the border. They put me in a car and brought me back…. That was safe and easy. I was very lucky. People get run over by trains trying to come here. I've been a citizen since '92 or '93.
I've been here for three Derbies, when I was with Richard Mandella, so I know what it's like to be at the Derby, but not to be the favorite. If Brother Derek wins, I get a big bonus. I have no idea how much. I just want to see him win for Dan and Alex.