Current Jockeys

Jockey Paco Lopez Bio


Paco Lopez is already making his mark in the Thoroughbred world and looks to stay at the top of his profession. Lopez has only been riding thoroughbreds for less than four years, and within that span, his accomplishments include an Eclipse Award (2008), was the leading jockey at Calder Race Course (2008),The Meadowlands (2009), Gulfstream Park (2010), Monmouth Park (Elite Meet) (2010), Monmouth Park (Fall Meet) (2010), Gulfstream Park (2011), Monmouth Park Leading Jockey (2015), Monmouth Park Leading Jockey (2016), Meadowlands Leading Jockey (2016). He has won Graded stake races at Churchill Downs, Gulfstream Park and at Monmouth Park. Some of his wins include the Gulfstream Park Handicap(G2), Forward Gal(G2), Phillip H. Iselin Stakes(G3), Oceanport Stakes(G3), Skip Away(G3), Alysheba(G3), and the Matchmaker(G3). Lopez has racked up other honors, including winning 13 stake races at Calder within a four month time period, during a four-day a week racing schedule. Lopez was undefeated on “Big Drama” when he swept the three consecutive stake raceʼs in the rich “Florida Stallion Stakes Series”. (“Big Drama” later won the Breederʼs Cup Sprint & Eclipse Award for best sprinter in 2010).

“Paco is an exciting rider to watch and just a natural” said Lopezʼs agent Cory Moran, who has handled Lopez from the start of his career. “You donʼt see too many riderʼs continue to dominate after they lose their apprenticeship; but he did”. “Heʼs going to be a force for a long time”.

Lopez was born October 18, 1985 in Veracruz, a small town near Tierra Blanca, Mexico, where he grew up in poverty. At the age of 12 years old, 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 riding at the bush tracks in Mexico, where he has gone on to win over five thousand races and once won all 13 races in a single meet weekend. In 2006, Lopez moved to the United States to pursue his dream of riding professionally. He began working horses at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, Florida the following year; and before long trainers noticed his talent. He won his first professional race on July 13, 2007 at Calder Race Course.

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