Martin Garcia (jockey)
Garcia in 2014
|Born||October 23, 1984
|Career wins||not found|
|Major racing wins, honours and awards|
|Major racing wins|
California Breeders' Cup Oaks (2006)
Preakness Stakes (2010)
Kentucky Oaks (2011)
|Kinsale King, Lookin at Lucky, Conveyance|
He emigrated to the United States in 2003 and went to work at a delicatessen in Pleasanton, California. The deli's owner, Teri Terry, introduced him to Mark Hanna, a former jockey, who helped him get started in horse racing as a stable hand and exercise rider. Garcia spent six months galloping horses before beginning to ride in races at Golden Gate Fields.
On August 17, 2005, in his third race, Garcia took his first win while carrying the horse through the last furlong, riding Wild Daydreamer at the Bay Meadows Fair.
He got his big break in the earlier part of 2006 by beating power house jockey Russell Baze for leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields as Baze had dominated that circuit and track. He also won a title at Bay Meadows.
On May 15, 2010, Garcia rode the Bob Baffert trainee Lookin at Lucky to win the 135th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. On August 1, 2010, he rode the Bob Baffert trainee Lookin at Lucky to win the 43rd Haskell Invitational Handicap at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey.
Other top mounts for Garcia include Somethingaboutlaura, Get Funky, Sweeter Still, Sierra Sweetie, Briecat, Z Humor, Dance With Gable, and Strawberry Tart. Garcia also was the back up jockey for Game On Dude the 3 time Breeder's Cup Classic participaint.
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006||36|
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007||57|
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008||70|
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009||71|
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010||9|
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011||13|
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012||21|
|National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013||14|