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Birth Date: Saturday, September 28, 1968
Birth Place: Panama City, Panama
|2011 Gulfstream Record|
Career: He was among the leading riders in New York over the winter but took some trips to Gulfstream, including one to win the Hutcheson (G2) aboard Flashpoint. He won the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2) aboard the longshot Afleet Again. Rode Winchester to victories in 2010 in the Joe Hirsch and Woodford Reserve and Rightly So to wins in Ballerina and Bed o’ Roses...Regular rider of Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Kip Deville, who came back to win the Gulfstream Park Turf last year... . He won two major 3-year-old stakes on the same card in 2007 aboard Adore the Gold in the Swale and Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Holy Bull Stakes ... He has won five Breeders’ Cup races, doubling his career tallies with Kip Deville in the Mile and War Pass in the Juvenile. His previous wins came with Pleasant Home in the 2005 Distaff and Cajun Beat in 2003 Sprint. He registered first Grade 1 stakes on Feb. 16, 2002, aboard Cetewayo in Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes. He won his first riding title at Calder and Calder’s Tropical meet in 2001 then repeated in 2002 with 169 wins, a number that included a track record dozen stakes. That was part of a breakout year when his 332 victories ranked second nationally behind only Russell Baze. Moved tack to Kentucky in 2003 and promptly became leading rider at Churchill’s 2003 spring meet. Some of his top horses besides his Breeders’ Cup winners have included Closing Argument, Trust ‘n Luck, Native Heir, Band Is Passing, Best of the Rest and Showing Up. Other: At age 15, was taken to racetrack by sister, who thought he had the talent to become a jockey. He had previously ridden horses on a farm. After that trip, he enrolled in Panamanian national jockey school which produced such legends as Braulio Baeza, Laffit Pincay Jr. and Jorge Velasquez. His first winner came in 1985 in Panama aboard Ri Quy. He won three riding titles in Panama (top apprentice in 1985, leading rider in 1994, 1995) during 14-year stint there before coming to U.S. in 1993.