Chris Murphy, Published July 19 2013
Linton rider Mosset returns to Fargo where she got her first-ever win last year
When she was 12 years old, Linton, N.D., native Tiffany Mosset wrote a letter about her dream to her cousin Jodi Buchholz and Jodi’s husband Rick.
“She said, ‘I hear that you have some race horses and it’s always been a dream of mine to be a jockey,’ ” Rick said. “Sometimes dreams do come true.”
The North Dakota Horse Park will always hold a special place in Mosset’s heart. On July 21, 2012, Mosset got her first-career win as a jockey. A whirlwind year that has gone from being laid off from Steve Asmussen’s stable in New Orleans to parading a horse in the Kentucky Derby has blown the 23-year-old Mosset back to Fargo to race again this weekend.
“I’m glad to be back,” Mosset said. “It’s so different. It’s really relaxing. It’s a nice feeling.”
Not only did Mosset get her first win at last year’s Horse Park meet, but she raced for the first time. She called it a dream, but little did she know what was in store for her in the coming year.
After racing in Fargo, Mosset headed to Remington Park in Oklahoma to be a rider. Before doing some freelance work at the Fairgrounds Racetrack in New Orleans, Mosset was hired into the renowned Asmussen stable, which has had wins at the Preakness Stakes in 2007 and 2009 and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2007, to go along with a third-place finish at the 2007 Kentucky Derby. He’s had more than 4,000 career wins.
Mosset was laid off in March from Asmussen’s stable and decided to make the trip to Churchill Downs where the Kentucky Derby is held. Mosset walked up to trainer Wayne Lukas and said she was looking for work as if he was just anyone.
Lukas is not just anyone.
He’s won the Kentucky Derby four times, the Preakness six times, the Belmont Stakes four times and the Breeders’ Cup Classic once.
The 77-year-old Lukas told her that he would see her in the morning.
“I was walking around the barn area in Louisville, Ky., for about a week thinking, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me. I’m not going to find a job,’ ” Mosset said. “I just have been in the right place at the right time with the right people.”
From there, Mosset worked on Lukas’ horses until the Kentucky Derby came along. Lukas will not let someone outside of his staff pony his horses to the starting gate. Mosset asked one of his assistants if she could and she said yes.
“I told my parents I’ll be ponying in the Derby and my whole family showed up,” Mosset said. “They were so excited for me. It felt like a regular day until you walk out on the track and see that it’s the Derby.”
Mosset will never forget the view.
“It’s phenomenal,” Mosset said. “Everything was full of people. Everywhere, no matter where you looked, there were people. Then they sang ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ and you could feel the rumble coming off the ground. You didn’t realize that many people were involved with horses. It was something to witness.”
From a 12-year-old writing a letter to an
18-year-old taking her first ride to a 22-year-old winning her first race to a 23-year-old on the Kentucky Derby stage. It’s hard to know what’s next for Mosset.
“I’ve conquered most of my dreams,” Mosset said. “Now, I’m going to school for veterinary tech. Hopefully, I can get that degree and get myself a farm.”
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