Kaymarie Kreidel’s catch of Bodexpress at the 2019 Preakness made headlines, but her horseback skills and determination have been known around the Mid-Atlantic region for many years
Kaymarie Kreidel, a former jockey who now serves as an outrider at Maryland Jockey Club tracks, was in the spotlight at the Preakness Stakes in 2019 when Bodexpress threw his jockey at the start and ran riderless around the racetrack. Kreidel snagged Bodexpress before he could do any harm to himself or others.
In this week’s Friday Show in an interview recorded before Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike was taken out of consideration for the Preakness, Kreidel spoke with Ray Paulick and news editor Chelsea Hackbarth (who herself has worked as an outrider) about the role of the outrider, the kind of horses she looks for to partner with, the training that goes into transitioning the horses to the job, and the challenges and dangers that come with the profession.
Kreidel defended Churchill Downs outrider Greg Blasi for his actions as the Derby winner was pulled up and became extremely aggressive, putting Blasi and Rich Strike in a dangerous position that he diffused without either getting seriously injured.
Watch this week’s episode of The Friday Show below: