Following a winter spent in New Orleans, Ty Kennedy decided to pack up his tack and rather than head for Kentucky as he has in the past for Spring and Summer, he headed for Chicago to ride the Summer meet at Arlington International Racecourse.
The decision to make his way to Arlington wasn’t necessarily a difficult one for him, it just seemed like the most logical thing to do,
“Really towards the end of the meet there in New Orleans we were riding for mostly Chicago based people. I got to talking with Mitchell Murill, who everyone knows here and he mentioned talking to his agent Tim Hanisch about spending the summer in Chicago. I thought, well, rather than going back to Kentucky and battling for mounts I could come to Chicago where I’ve already been riding for these guys. It just seemed like the most logical answer.”
Ty Kennedy rode his first mount in 2014, and since then has slowly but surely been climbing through the ranks and riding more and more winners each year since. Coming into this summer in Chicago, he has a few goals set out for himself,
“We come out here riding for good connections and some nice barns, and my goal is to always keep improving. I’m not going to say I know everything, I still have a lot to learn, but the only way you can get better is by riding more and my agent Tim Hanisch is doing a great job getting me on a lot of horses. That’s how we learn and that’s how we win, we just keep improving.”
On Saturday May 4th he earned his first two victories at Arlington Park, leading 22-1 shot Bulldog Of Bergen to the winners circle for trainer Rodolfo Aguilar, and a few races later he guided Heisfancy to his maiden breaking score for trainer Thomas Swearingen.