Paco Lopez

Birth Date: Friday, October 18, 1985
Birth Place: Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Mexico

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Mounts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
378 49 35 44 $21,551,588
Career: Finished tied for sixth in wins during Gulfstream's 2012-2013 meet and ninth in money won. Lopez won the Gulfstream Park Derby with Itsmyluckyday. Was the runaway winner of the 2013 Monmouth meet with 99 winners and $3 million in earnings. Won the Monmouth Oaks (G3) with Seaneen Girl and the Gallant Bob (G3) at Parx with City Of Weston. 
 
Won the Ack Ack (G3) with Pants On Fire and wWon three races on Sunshine Millions Preview Day in November. 
 
During an injury-plagued season in 2011-2012, he rode 52 winners to rank sixth in both victories and purses won. He scored stakes victories aboard Force Freeze (Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship), Frolic’s Revenge (Ginger Brew) and Zero Rate Policy (Sunshine State). 
 
In 2011, Lopez  prevailed in the jockey standings with 83 victories, nine more than he amassed to win his first Gulfstream title in 2010. He followed up his first title by claiming the jockey crown at Monmouth in 2010. He’s finished second in the Monmouth race the past two seasons and rode his 1000th career victory at the New Jersey track on Aug. 17.
 
A year after arriving in the U.S. to ride in South Florida, he was the leading apprentice at Gulfstream Park in 2008  He went on to win his first title at Calder that year. He was born on a farm in rural Veracruz, Mexico and left home at age 12 to work on a ranch where he started riding Quarter Horses. He came to the U.S. nine years later, hoping to become a Quarter Horse jockey. Within a year he was exercising thoroughbreds at Palm Meadows. He started riding in the afternoons at Calder, winning his first race July 13, 2007.
 
Other: His background with Quarter Horses left him with an aggressive style that ran afoul of stewards at Calder. Despite appealing more than 30 days of suspensions, he was banned from riding at Calder for the final two months of 2008. He was leading the Tropical-at-Calder standings at the time. Credits guidance from Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado.