Martin Garcia (jockey)

Martin Garcia (jockey)

Martin Garcia
Garcia in 2014
Occupation Jockey
Born October 23, 1984
Veracruz, Mexico
Career wins not found
Major racing wins

California Breeders' Cup Oaks (2006)
Morvich Handicap (2007)
Senorita Stakes (2008)
Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (2009)
Lone Star Derby (2010)
Palos Verdes Handicap (2010)
Strub Stakes (2010)
Southwest Stakes (2010)
Acorn Stakes (2010)
Hollywood Oaks (2010)
Haskell Invitational (2010)
Alysheba Stakes (2011)
Haskell Invitational (2011)
Pat O'Brien Stakes(2013)
Pacific Classic Stakes (2013)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (2010)
Kentucky Oaks (2011)
Significant horses
Kinsale King, Lookin at Lucky, Conveyance

Martin Garcia (born in Veracruz, Mexico, on October 23, 1984) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing based in Southern California.[1]

Garcia emigrated to the United States in 2003 and went to work at a delicatessen in Pleasanton, California. The deli's owner, Teri Terry, introduced him to Mark Hanna, a former jockey, who helped him get started in horse racing as a stable hand and exercise rider. Garcia spent six months galloping horses before beginning to ride in races at Golden Gate Fields.[2]

On August 17, 2005, in only his third career ride, Garcia rode Wild Daydreamer to victory at the Bay Meadows Fair.[2]

In 2006, he did the unthinkable, beating out Hall of Fame rider Russell Baze for leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields. Baze had previously dominated that circuit, and would reclaim his supremacy as soon at Garcia took his tack to Southern California. He also won a title at Bay Meadows.[3] In April 2006, Garcia relocated to southern California. At the Hollywood Park Racetrack Summer meet, he finished third behind Victor Espinoza and Patrick Valenzuela after riding 46 winning horses.[2]

On May 15, 2010, Garcia rode the Bob Baffert trainee Lookin at Lucky to victory in the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.[4] On August 1, 2010, he rode Lookin at Lucky to win the 43rd Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey.[5]

On May 6, 2011, Garcia rode the Baffert-trained filly Plum Pretty to win the 137th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Kentucky.[6] The following day, he rode Baffert's C J Russell to win the Twinspires.com race at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Kentucky.[7] On July 31 Garcia rallied from last on another Baffert trainee, Coil, to win the 44th Haskell Invitational Handicap.[8]

Other top mounts for Garcia include Somethingaboutlaura, Get Funky, Sweeter Still, Sierra Sweetie, Briecat, Z Humor, Dance With Gable, and Strawberry Tart. Garcia also was the back up jockey for Game On Dude, three-time winner of the Santa Anita Handicap.

In 2014 he rode Bayern to multiple wins during the season, including a gate-to-wire victory in the America's richest horse race, the $5 million Breeders Cup Classic. That race has been subject of much debate after Bayern and Garcia survived a stewards' inquiry into the start of the race. Many fans believe Garcia's mount should have been disqualified for interference in the first few feet out of the gate. However, DQ or no DQ, Bayern became one of very few Classic winners to complete the 1 1/4 miles in less than two minutes.

Year-end charts

Chart (2006–present) Peak
position
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006 36
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 57
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 70
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 71
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 9
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 13
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 21
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 14

References

  1. ^ Martin Garcia's profile at the NTRA
  2. ^ a b c Martin Garcia
  3. ^ February 6, 2006, article titled "Baze, Garcia share jockey title at Bay Meadows"
  4. ^ - May 15, 2010Bloodhorse.com
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ Kentucky Derby Race-By-Race Results
  8. ^ Haskell Invitational: Coil rallies from last to beat favored Shackleford