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Birth Date: Friday, October 18, 1985
Birth Place: Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Mexico
|2011 Gulfstream Record|
Career: Took Gulfstream’s jockey title for the second consecutive season, riding nine more winners than in 2010. He won the Forward Gal (G2) aboard Pomeroys Pistol and finished second among riders at Monmouth Park over the summer and fall. Aggressive, fresh face landed a riding title at Calder a year into his United States career and was the leading apprentice at Gulfstream in 2008. 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 getting a job in South Florida and within a year 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.