Starting Gate

  • Eclipsed the $1 million mark in purse earnings for the third consecutive campaign
  • Won the inaugural edition of the Pink Lloyd Stakes with Rockcrest
  • Had six top-three finishes in 18 stakes appearances in 2023
  • Is one win away from 300 for his career
  • First lifetime win came on May 7, 2004, at Assiniboia Downs, when he partnered with Aztek Sky for an 11-1 upset

Opening Quarter

“My goal was to win a stakes race, so it was kind of funny that my first win of the year happened to be the Pink Lloyd Stakes. I wanted to win another one, but I was very happy to have won that race and to win it with such a nice horse like Rockcrest.”

“It was very thrilling to win that race. He is a horse I have ridden in the past and Nigel [trainer, Burke] is a very good friend of mine. So, it was nice to get that win for Nigel and his barn.”

“My agent [Ken Zweig] did a very good job. It was nice to have as many opportunities as I did, and I am very grateful to the trainers who gave me the chance to ride their horses. I felt very good going into the year and I wanted to be as consistent as I could throughout the season.”

Half Mile

“I always try to do better than the year before. That is always my main objective. Being a jockey, there are always ups and downs, but you just have to keep believing in yourself and not get too down on yourself.”

“Overall, I was happy with how the year started and I think it went well from there. I felt confident every time I rode.”

“As the year goes on, you work to keep getting better and keep moving forward. There were no injuries that I had to deal with, which I was thankful for. I can say it was a good year.”

A little girl on a pony with a woman and a man in Ocala.

Keveh Nicholls, fiancée Emily Fisher, and their daughter at World Equestrian Center – Ocala.

Stretch Drive

“This winter, we decided to come to Florida. I was in Tampa last year and this year, we came to Ocala. I’m here with my fiancée Emily [Fisher] and my daughter. It’s nice to have them here with me. I’m getting on horses for [Woodbine-based trainer] Ted Holder and riding a few here and there at Tampa. It keeps the mind and body fit.”

“I guess you can see it as somewhat of a working vacation. I get to enjoy time with Emily and my daughter, but I also get to ride and be ready to go when the season starts at Woodbine.”

Finish Line

“I am very excited for 2024 at Woodbine. I want to build off last year and as always, I would like to do better than the year before.”

“I’m looking forward to getting back to Toronto. It’s a nice feeling knowing the season is getting closer. You get that excitement going and you always look forward to that first race. Whatever opportunity comes my way, I want to make the most of it.”