Monday, February 20 2012
AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME, GONCALVES SEEKS NEW WAYS TO IMPROVE
When Leandro Goncalves piloted the 6-year-old mare Seeking Reason to a two-and-a-half length victory in the second race at Tampa Bay Downs on Sunday for her second consecutive triumph, it marked the ninth consecutive card Goncalves has ridden at least one winner.
Like any professional athlete, jockeys are capable of getting in ‘the zone,’ where it seems every move they make is correct and they keep coming home on top. But the ongoing success of Goncalves – who has 58 victories at the midway point of the 2011-12 meeting, 26 more than runner-up Ronnie Allen, Jr. – can be attributed largely to his thorough, professional approach on a day-to-day basis.
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