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The life of Brian
Crowley hopes to unseat fellow Irishman Paddy Young as NSAs champion jockey
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BRIAN CROWLEY SHARES a laugh with Ross Geraghty prior to last falls Colonial Cup feature. On Saturday, Crowley will ride Sermon of Love in the $50,000 Carolina Cup while Geraghty gets his regular mount aboard Eclipse Award winner Black Jack Blues. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
Sometimes the grass is indeed greener, if not firmer, on the other side of the Atlantic.Armed with his riding tack, 164 wins in his native Ireland and England and dreams of brighter days in his career, Brian Crowley left the Emerald Isle to take his chance as a steeplechase jockey in America in 2010. Judging by the early returns, it was a wise move.Crowley, a 30-year-old from County Cork, was not exactly itching to get out of Ireland. But when a friend of a friend proposed his giving American chasing a go, the then-28-year-old figured he had nothing to lose by expanding his racing horizons.“I was race riding in Ireland,” Crowley said after a warm late-winter morning spent galloping horses for trainer Jonathan Sheppard at the Hall of Fame conditioner’s Ashwell Stables barn on the grounds of the Springdale Race Course.“Things were going well over there, but I had no ties, really.

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