That's the life of journeyman jockey Stewart Elliot, whose flawless ride guided Smarty Jones to the wire in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. On Monday, it was back to work at Philadelphia Park.
Wonder what happened to your pick? Here's a horse by horse account from The Bloodhorse. There are some interesting quotes in the story. But unless your nag was The Cliff's Edge (lost both front shoes) or Minister Eric (breathing problem that may require surgery), the stock excuse is "he didn't like the sloppy track."
Update: Tapit's trainer Michael Dickinson got off the best line in that regard: "I trained him to breeze, not swim."