Brandon Chance Boulanger enjoyed his first career win on March 14, 2014, when Swaylon Braylon scored a wire-to-wire nine-length triumph in the fourth race at Turfway Park.
Owner-trainer William Duvall’s 4-year-old Orientate colt was Boulganger’s 30th mount.
Boulanger and Swaylon Braylon grabbed the lead out of the gate and widened command throughout, covering the six-furlong claiming race in 1:13.27
“It feels amazing to win,” said Boulanger, 20. The San Ramon, Calif. native is the son of jockey Gary Boulanger and former jockey Julie Griffith and the brother of former jockey Alexa Boulanger. He grew up in Florida, first in Hollywood and then in West Palm Beach. He and his sister received ponies on his third Christmas, and he has been on horseback ever since. Two years older, his sister taught him early lessons about racing competitions.
“My mom taught me how to ride. My sister and I used to gallop around the tomato fields,” Boulanger said. “I was four years old and had this little palomino pony. She would try to push me off of it.”
Boulanger began riding racehorses at age 18, getting youngsters ready at his dad’s farm in Ocala and at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. facility. After the sales, he worked at Keith Asmussen’s farm in Laredo, Texas, again breaking yearlings. He returned to Florida in the fall of last year, worked as an exercise rider at Calder Casino & Race Course, and took out his jockey license on November 11. He moved his tack to Turfway in mid-December.
“I never thought of doing anything else,” Boulanger said. “I had the size, and I was a small kid. I played sports hockey, football, and a little bit of polo. I learned to have fun with horses.”
Boulanger plans to leave Turfway on March 18 for Emerald Downs in Washington, building on relationships his dad established there in his three years as a leading rider.
By: Paulick Report