Pomona, Calif. (Sept. 18, 2008) – Jockey David Flores, who has ridden sparingly this season at Fairplex Park, won his first race of the meet on Thursday.
Flores had ridden only six horses through the first 12 days of the Pomona session, but on his seventh ride in the 10th race, an allowance-optional claiming sprint with a purse of $40,000, he won a three-way photo finish with Zetterberg for a $7.60 payoff.
The 40-year-old native of Tijuana, Mexico, won his first riding title at Fairplex in1989 when he wound up in a three-way tie with Martin Pedroza and Corey Black at 19 each.
Flores proceeded to dominate the bullring, winning the riding championship five consecutive seasons (1990-94). He has ridden six winners at Fairplex on a single program twice. He accomplished the feat on Sept. 20 and Sept. 30 in 1992.
He still remains atop the all-time list of stakes winning jockeys at Fairplex with 62 victories.
* Although the meet’s leading jockey Martin Pedroza won two races, giving him 38, Clinton Potts recorded a20triple, moving him into second place in the rider standings with 13.
Bill Spawr saddled two winners on the card and now leads the trainer standings with six winners. Ted H. West, Victor Garcia and Mike Mitchell are tied for second with five winners apiece.
* Friday’s feature, the $65,000 Gateway To Glory Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds, drew of a field of 11, headed by Charlie’s Moment, who is the 5-2 favorite on the morning line.