Vancouver, B.C. (Oct. 3/14) – With just eight live racing days remaining on the 2014 calendar at Hastings Racecourse, 31-year-old jockey Amadeo Perez has his sights set on the leading riding title for the second time within the last three years.
Perez currently has 94 wins with his nearest competitor being Richard Hamel at 74. Perez won the Leading Jockey Award in 2012 and finished second to Enrique Gonzalez in 2013 when Gonzalez got hot during the final four days of the season with an amazing streak of 12 first-place finishes.
“Enrique beat Amadeo by two wins and being the jockey agent for both of them, I was hoping they’d wind up tied,” jokes Trapper Barroby.
With Gonzalez having departed to ride in his native Mexico City, Barroby has been kept busy negotiating mounts for Perez this year and it’s obviously been a successful venture for both jockey and agent.
Among the 94 wins that Perez has registered, six of those have been in stakes races resulting in more than $1.3 million in overall purse money this year. He rode sensational 3-year-old filly Ole’s Miss to victories in the Ross McLeod, BC Oaks and Emerald Downs for owners Canmor Farms and trainer Tracy McCarthy.
Perez scored his other stakes wins in the BC Cup Classic (Wilo Kat), BC Cup Distaff (Wando Woman) and BC Cup Dogwood (Dawselina).
“Amadeo has been in demand all year long,” Barroby says. “He gets more out of a horse than most jockeys. He works hard and they run for him. He knows where to place a horse in a race and doesn’t make many mistakes.”
Perez will have mounts in all four of the season’s remaining major stakes on Thanksgiving Monday, Oct. 13, including Ole’s Miss in the Grade 3 $100,000 Ballerina. The card also features the Grade 3 $100,000 BC Premiers as well as the $75,000 Fantasy and $75,000 Ascot Graduation.
Live racing resumes at Hastings Racecourse Saturday and Sunday with 1:50 p.m. starts. Closing weekend at Hastings is Oct. 25-26.