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Racing: Commentary call for Cauthen

STEVE CAUTHEN is to put his race-riding experience to use from the safety of the commentary box. He will work as a television analyst during the ABC network coverage of the American Triple Crown races.

'I hope to give some insight into the minds of jockeys at the highest level, and the pressures of it,' he said. 'I've done a lot of interviews, but from the other end of the mike. I've always felt there was a need for someone with my experience to do this sort of job.'

Cauthen, 32 and British based for 13 years, has been at home in Walton, Kentucky, since declining an offer to continue riding for Sheikh Mohammed at a reduced salary.

He has yet to rule out a return to racing and is discussing an offer to ride in Hong Kong. 'I haven't really decided on my future or if and where I'll be riding.'