Archive for January 2009

Jimmy Rivera Benefit


On November 25, 2008, the life of one family changed forever. Jimmy Rivera, a exercise rider for trainer Bill White was involved in an ugly morning spill. Due to the seriousness of the accident, he was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Trauma Center. To this day, he’s still there fighting for his life.

Jimmy is paralyzed; but now recently he was able to move his fingers!

Jimmy has two girls, Ruth,16, Marissa,22 and Christopher,25. His wife is June Rivera. June is on active duty in Iraq and recently had to relocate back to Florida to be with her ailing husband.

So, by any measure, the family is looking at an incredibly difficult year at the very least.

We are asking out of the goodness of your heart to come and be entertained at this Benefit Concert which is a mere $20 donation. If you’re not able to attend, then checks can be made out to HIS PLACE MINISTRIES (memo: Jimmy Rivera Family)329 NW 153rd Lane, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024

Or if at Gulfstream, Collecting donations are: Cory Moran-954-326-8514-M–Cliff Collier-732-208-7574-M–A.J Prasaguet-786-837-4741-M


(Special thanks to Gulfstream Park Race Track, all the Entertainment and the Volunteers)

Apprentice Jockey Eclipse: Paco Lopez

Pascacio “Paco” Lopez burst onto the South Florida riding scene in 2008, causing as much of a stir with his controversial style as he did with his superior skills.

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Despite his aggressive riding, which prompted the Florida Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering to suspend him on six different occasions, there was no denying his talent. The 23-year-old earned the Eclipse Award while guiding 171 winners, more than any other apprentice jockey in the nation. Lopez earned $2,629,253 as a “bug boy.”

Most of Lopez’ victories came at Calder Race Course, where he captured the summer meet jockeys’ title with 161 wins (141 as an apprentice) despite missing 13 days on suspension. Of those wins, 14 came in stakes races, including mounts on 2009 Triple Crown contender Big Drama, who swept the Florida Stallion Stakes Series. Early this seaon, Lopez guided 30 winners at Gulfstream Park, tying him for 11th place while debuting as a journeyman rider.

As impressively, Lopez continued his success after losing his apprentice status Sept. 9. He went on to win 58 more races the rest of the year and finished 2008 with more than $3.9 million in earnings.

“He’s an exciting rider and just a natural,” said Lopez’s agent, Cory Moran, who has represented some of the top apprentice jockeys, including 1998 Eclipse winner Shaun Bridgmohan. “You don’t see too many continue to dominate after they lose their bug, but he did. All the top trainers want him. He’s going to be a force for a long time.”

Lopez is from a small town near Tierra Blanca, Mexico, where he grew up in poverty. At 12, he left home to work on a ranch and began riding Quarter Horses a short time later. By the time he was a teenager, Lopez was dominating action at bush tracks, and according to Moran, Loopez once won all 13 races in a single weekend.

In 2006 Lopez moved to the United States to pursue his dream of riding professionally. He began working horses at Palm Meadows the following year, and before long trainers noticed his talent. Lopez won his first professional race on July 13, 2007 at Calder.

After finishing the Gulfstream winter meet in 2009, Moran said Lopez will likely head up north to begin riding full-time in New Jersey and New York.

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