American wonder boy jockey, Steve Cauthen, had a setback to his winning streak during his recent visit to Japan.
American wonder boy jockey, Steve Cauthen, had a setback to his winning streak during his recent visit to Japan. He had what was, for him an almost unprecedented fall from his horse.
Nineteen-year-old Cauthen was in Japan for a series of races, the first of which was held at the Ohio race course, near Tokyo. In a preliminary training session the young jockey looked to be in his usual top form.
He had just completed a successful season in Europe and was confident of similar success in Japan.
More than 13,00 people had gathered at the course, most of them drawn by Cauthen's appearance. But they were disappointed when the young American fell from his mount, the favourite, after it stumbled.
Cauthen was unhurt, but the fall upset him.
He lost his next two races, that day, failing to finish among the first six of either race, but he came back to form again in his fourth race, over a mile and a quarter (2 kms).
The crowds which had earlier been so disappointed cheered wildly as Cauthen came home to win. His father had told reporters his son would come right after his first big "splash" ... and he was there to see his word proved true.
As far as the Japanese were concerned Cauthen as still a hero, and well worth coming to see.
And for Cauthen there was a purse of nearly 15,000 U.S. dollars to take home from that day, and he went on to earn more in other races at Tokyo.