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Jockey Paco Lopez Bio

PACO LOPEZ

Multiple Grade One winning stake rider and Eclipse Award winner Paco Lopez has made his mark in the thoroughbred world. Born October 18, 1985 in Vera Cruz Mexico, 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 had gone on to win over five thousand races and once won all 13 races in a single meet weekend. In 2006, Lopez came to the United States to pursue his dream of riding professionally. He began working horses at the Palm Meadows Training Center near Boynton Beach Florida the following year; and before long trainers noticed his talent.

“Paco has that raw natural talent and horses run for him”, said Lopez’s agent Cory Moran, who has handled Lopez from the start of his career. “You don’t see too many riders continue to dominate after they lose their apprenticeship, but he did”. Lopez won his first race on July 13, 2007 at Calder Race Course. Lopez was an instant hit from the start and has never slowed down since.

> calder’s leading jockey (2008)

> eclipse award winner (2008)

> meadowlands leading jockey (2009)

> gulfstream park leading jockey (championship meet) (2010)

> monmouth park leading jockey (elite meet) (2010)

> monmouth park leading jockey (fall meet) (2010)

> gulfstream park leading jockey (championship meet) (2011)

> monmouth park leading jockey (2013)

> meadowlands leading jockey (2013)

> monmouth park leading jocky (2014)

> monmouth park leading jockey (2015)

> monmouth park leading jockey (2016)

> meadowland leading jockey (2016)

> monmouth park leading jockey (2019)

> Gulfstream Park West Leading Jockey (2019)

  • G1 2.5 million breeders cup sprint (roy h) (2018)
  • G1 $500,000 untied nations (hunter o’riley) (2019)
  • G1 $500,000 ashland (out for a spin) (2019)
  • G1 $300,000 hollywood derby (mo forca) (2019)
  • G1 santa anita sprint championship (roy h) (2018)
  • G1 jenny wiley (dickinson) (2017)
  • G1 gulfstream park turf handicap (lukes alley) (2016)
  • G1 woodward stakes (itsmyluckyday) (2014)
  • G2 palos verdes stakes (roy h) (2019)
  • G2 inside information (america’s tale) (2019)
  • G2 shakertown (imprimis) (2019)
  • G2 azeri stakes (martini glass) (2018)
  • G2 black eyed susan stakes (red ruby) (2018)
  • G2 kelso handicap (sharp azteca) (2017)
  • G2 gazelle stakes (miss sky warrior) (2017)
  • G2 true north stakes (roy h ) (2017)
  • G2 davona dale stakes (miss sky warrior) (2017)
  • G2 hillsborough stakes (dickinson) (2017)
  • G2 demoiselle stakes (miss sky warrior) (2016)
  • G2 inside information (stonetastic) (2016)
  • G2 mrs revere stakes (isabelle sings) (2015)
  • G2 inside information (classic point) (2015)
  • G2 prioress stakes (stonetastic) (2014)
  • G2 honorable miss handicap (r free roll) (2014)
  • G2 monmouth cup stakes (pants on fire) (2013)
  • G2 gulfstream park sprint championship (force freeze) (2012)
  • G2 hawthorne gold cup (headache) (2011)
  • G2 forward gal (pomeroys pistol) (2011)
  • G2 gulfstream park handicap (smooth air) (2009)
  • G3 parx dash stakes (pure sensation) (2019)
  • G3 turf monster (pure sensation) (2019)
  • G3 smarty jones (spun to run) (2019)
  • G3 jimmy durante (alms) (2019)
  • G3 red caroet handicap (zuzanna) (2019)
  • G3 eatontown (valedictorian) (2019)
  • G3 delaware oaks (red ruby) (2018)
  • G3 forward gal (take charge paula) (2018)
  • G3 royal delta (martini glass) (2018)
  • G3 greenwood cup (you’re to blame) (2018)
  • G3 ben ali stakes (watershed) (2017)
  • G3 orchid stakes (summersault) (2017)
  • G3 suannee river stakes (dickinson) (2017)
  • G3 molly pitcher stakes (money’soncharlotte) (2017)
  • G3 monmouth cup stakes (sharp azteca) (2017)
  • G3 smarty jones (awesome slew) (2016)
  • G3 comely stakes (verve’s tale) (2016)
  • G3 tempted stakes (miss sky warrior) (2016)
  • G3 molly pitcher stakes (genre) (2016)
  • G3 monmouth oaks (unbridled mo) (2016)
  • G3 eatontown stakes (isabella sings (2016)
  • G3 greenwood cup (neck ’n neck) (2015)
  • G3 tampa bay stakes (lochte) (2015)
  • G3 molly pitcher stakes (got lucky) (2015)
  • G3 pegasus stakes (mr. jordan) (2015)
  • G3 cardinal handicap (button down) (2015)
  • G3 eatontown stakes (i’m already sexy) (2015)
  • G3 monmouth oaks (delightful joy) (2015)
  • G3 fred w hooper stakes (valid) (2015)
  • G3 delta downs princess stakes (take charge brandi) (2014)
  • G3 salvator mile (itsmyluckyday) (2014)
  • G3 rampart stakes (gamay noir) (2014)
  • G3 oceanport stakes (guys reward) (2014)
  • G3 jersey shore stakes (prudhoe bay) (2014)
  • G3 mr. prospector stakes (speechify) (2014)
  • G3 monmouth cup stakes (pants on fire) (2013)
  • G3 gallant bob stakes (city of weston) (2013)
  • G3 monmouth oaks (seaneen girl) (2013)
  • G3 ack ack handicap (pants on fire) (2013)
  • G3 gulfstream park sprint championship (force freeze) (2012)
  • G3 delta downs princess stakes (rose to gold) (2012)
  • G3 oceanport stakes (tune me in) (2012)
  • G3 sapling stakes (brave dave)
  • G3 cliff hanger stakes (tune me in) (2012)
  • G3 all along stakes (snow top mountain) (2012)
  • G3 my charmer handicap (kya one) (2012)
  • G3 hawthorne gold cup handicap (headache) (2011)
  • G3 philip h iselin stakes (where’s sterling) (2011)
  • G3 oceanport stakes (yummy with butter) (2011)
  • G3 cliff hanger stakes (yummy with butter) (2011)
  • G3 my charmer handicap (oregon lady*ire) (2011)
  • G3 matchmaker stakes (unbridled essence) (2010)
  • G3 alysheba stakes (arson squad) (2010)
  • G3 skip away stakes (arson squad) (2010)

> AND MANY OTHER COUNTLESS UNGRADED STAKE WINNERS TO HIS CREDIT!

> LOPEZ WON 13 STAKE RACES AT CALDER RACE COURSE 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 RACE’S IN THE RICH “FLORIDA STALLION STAKES SERIES”. (BIG DRAMA LATER WON THE BREEDER’S CUP SPRINT & WON THE ECLIPSE AWARD FOR BEST SPRINTER IN 2010).

> LOPEZ WON A RECORD 7 RACES ON MAY 17, 2014 AT MONMOUTH PARK AND CAME BACK TO HAVE ANOTHER 7 WIN DAY ON JUNE 6, 2014 AT MONMOUTH PARK.

>LOPEZ WINS 7 RACES FOR THE THIRD TIME IN HIS CAREER ON MARCH 21, 2020 DURING THE GULFSTREAM PARK CHAMPIONSHIP MEET.

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