Carmouche riding at ‘new level’ into Belmont for first time

NEW YORK (AP) — Kendrick Carmouche is riding in his first Belmont Stakes five weeks after becoming the first Black jockey in the Kentucky Derby since 2013. Carmouche has been a favorite around race tracks in his two decades in horse racing. Now he has earned two Triple Crown mounts in one year by improving as a rider. Carmouche believes it’s a case of showing what he can do with better horses. But he’s also such a respected member of the jockey fraternity for what he does from a leadership perspective off the track. In team sports Carmouche would be considered a glue guy. He takes that role seriously.