Now I'm not trying to be an arm-chair quarterback, but I thought I'd give Mike (Puddles) a little feedback on his national TV debut on TVG last month. First, Mike, you don't have to try to sell the game so hard. I promise you, if people try it, they will like it. Maybe it's that New York attitude or maybe you used to sell used cars, but it won't work. You might want to try having a shot of tequila before they put the cameras on ya. I know you're passionate and you love what you do, and that's great, but you gotta relax a little bit. It looked like you were more tense than I was back in my earliest days of riding down in Caliente.
So, who am I to talk about television? Hey, I just finished a 12-week series for Animal Planet. They followed me and several other jockeys around day and night. It was a lot of fun, but it definitely disrupts your private life. Believe me, I enjoy my quiet or "down" time. But, when they asked me to participate, how could I say no. Anything to help this great sport. I make a good living being a jockey and feel really blessed. So, when I get those opportunities to give back, I definitely want to do it. Besides, maybe I'll get a starring role or a major motion picture from this series. (Yeah, right!) I've also done several other appearances. I actually had a role in the Sopranos (forget about it!). That was a lot of fun. Can anyone figure out my other major appearance? If you figure it out, I'll smack Mike in the head and get you some free bonus community points. All kidding aside, the guys who give back in this sport are the real athletes. Being a father, a husband and a jockey takes up a lot of time, so I know that anyone (trainers, jockeys, etc.) in this sport who give back really love racing.
Don't worry, Mike, I'm just kidding. I thought the TVG segment was actually great. Now, we just have to figure out how to get you on ESPN and ABCSports.