Minus the Bug, Torres Gets 7 Mounts on Friday
Thursday, June 11, 2020
HALLANDALE BEACH - Jockey Cristian Torres, who finished up a highly successful apprenticeship Wednesday, will be keeping busy on his first day as a journeyman Friday, when he will have mounts in seven of 10 races at Gulfstream without the benefit of his five-pound allowance.
“I try not to think much about the weight. I just want to keep riding and keep learning, try to do my best and try to keep winning,” Torres said. During his apprenticeship, Torres rode the
winners of 175 races and earned more than $5 million in purses.
Torres rode his first winner, the Ralph Nicks-trained Dempsey, at Gulfstream on April 21, 2019 and went on to ride a total of 122 winners last year. He enjoyed stakes success for the first time aboard Joe Orseno-trained Ms Meshak in the Added Elegance at Gulfstream on July 27.
“It was an unbelievable year," the 22-year-old said. "My agent, Kevin Meyocks, worked hard every day to find me horses to win races on. I want to thank all the owners and trainers who helped me. It really means a lot to me. So many owners and trainers helped me, even during the Championship Meet.”
The native of Puerto Rico went to high school in Orlando before returning home to attend jockey’s school, learning to become an exercise rider. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in September of 2007, he returned to the U.S. to work for Mark Casse. He galloped horses for the newly-elected Hall of Fame trainer for 1 ½ years in Kentucky, New York and Florida before embarking on his career as a jockey.
Gulfstream Current Jockey Standings (by money earned)
Jockey Mounts 1st 2nd 3rd Total Money
1: Edgard Zayas 317 44 51 42 $1,379,166
2: Emisael Jaramillo 296 41 38 34 $1,319,258
3: Luis Saez 233 49 38 32 $1,260,733
4: Miguez Vasquez 311 44 36 40 $1,163,124
5: Irad Ortiz Jr. 138 41 37 20 $1,146,560
6: Tyler Gaffalione 151 34 25 22 $783,045
7: Cristian Torres 187 20 25 24 $611,555
8: Victor Lebron 161 21 17 13 $490,375
9: Leonel Reyes 212 14 17 27 $467,116
10: Dylan Davis 149 14 18 12 $459,54
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