Rosier gets first Derby mount

Updated: May 1, 2009, 3:26 PM ET
By Mary Rampellini | Daily Racing Form



Jockey Chris Rosier rode at Lone Star last weekend and has since been at Churchill Downs, where he will be aboard Summer Bird in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. It will be the first mount in the storied race for the 28-year-old rider, who later this month will be based at Louisiana Downs.

Rosier has been aboard Summer Bird in each of his starts, all at Oaklawn. The horse won his maiden in his two-turn debut March 19, then stepped up and finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Papa Clem, in the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 11.

"He ran well," Rosier said. "He put himself where he wanted to and he came closing, and a little bit more ground, I think he was there.

"He's so mature for a young age. He only has three starts, but the colt runs like he's been doing it forever. He's got a well-settled mind to him, as far as when he runs. He relaxes for you.

"I'm excited about the race. I think he's handled the track well, really well, and I look for him to improve. He'll show up."

Tim Ice trains Summer Bird, who races for K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman.