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Zayas Rides Four Winners
Zayas Rides Four Winners
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Edgard Zayas rode 22 winners while finishing 14th during the winter meeting at Gulfstream Park, producing a respectable winning rate of 8 percent for an apprentice rider pitted against the best riders in the world.
Competing against the likes of Hall of Famer John Velazquez and two-time Gulfstream champion Javier Castellano, among many others top-notch jockeys, is certainly paying dividends at the summer meeting at Gulfstream Park.
With four victories on Saturday’s nine-race program, the 20-year-old ‘bug boy’ sits atop the jockey standings during the summer meeting.
“I had some good mounts today, thanks to my agent and my hard work,” said Zayas, who has 24 winners from 98 mounts, good for a winning percentage of 24 percent.
Riding legend, Angel Cordero, who currently serves as Velazquez’s agent, took Zayas under his wing during the winter and worked regularly with Zayas in the jockey’s room, teaching him some of the finer points of riding.
“Cordero helped me a lot during the winter, and so did Johnny and the other jockeys,” Zayas said. “Watching them and riding with them, you learn a lot. It’s was not just watching them ride but seeing when they make their moves and how patient they are. Cordero helped me a lot. He was a great jockey.”
Edgard Zayas visited the winner’s circle with Tempered Threat ($7.20) in the first, Desirable Lady ($6.40) in the second, Starship Jodi ($4.80) in the sixth and Negrita Tata ($6.20) in the eighth.
No ‘Worrie’ for Andre After Strong Riding Debut in Third Race
Former Gulfstream security employee Andre Worrie made his riding debut aboard Sweetly Put in the third race. The 19-year-old Miami resident got away from the gate first to set the pace aboard the 6-1 fourth betting choice to the turn into the homestretch. Sweetly Put tired in the stretch but held well to finish third behind Desirable Lady and Guayana.
“My horse got away from the gate and ran a good race. I’m happy. Not many bug boys can say they finished third in their first race,” Worrie said.
Worrie, whose family has been involved in racing in the U.S. and Jamaica, has been galloping horses for two years and working with track security while preparing for a career as a jockey.
WHO’S HOT – Apprentice Jonathan Gonzales won two races Saturday, scoring aboard D K Edge ($5.20) in the second and Magic Melissa ($9.00) in the ninth, moving into second in the standings.
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