Eddie Garcia is First Jockey to Win 150 Quarter Horse Stakes at Los Alamitos
LOS ALAMITOS, CA—AUGUST 6, 2018— Eddie Garcia was honored in the winner’s circle after the second race on Saturday night after becoming the first jockey to win 150 Quarter Horse stakes races at Los Alamitos Race Course.
Garcia reached the milestone aboard the Ron Hartley-owned and John Cooper-trained Black Fryday in the Governor’s Cup Derby on Saturday, July 28.
Born in Tala, Jalisco, Mexico in 1964, Garcia began his riding career at Laurel Brown racetrack in Utah when he was 16-years-old. His first stakes victory at Los Alamitos came aboard the Blane Schvaneveldt-trained Easy Conversation in the 1986 Los Alamitos Championship.
Since that time, Garcia has won the biggest futurities in the sport. He won the 1993 All American Futurity aboard A Classic, the 1996 Los Alamitos Million Futurity aboard Corona Cartel, and the 2008 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Tres Passes.
Garcia, the all-time leading rider in Quarter Horse wins at Los Alamitos with 2,655, has ridden champions Four Forty Blast, Separatist and Sign Of Lanty in his career. He’s also an 8-time leading Quarter Horse rider at Los Alamitos - his first title coming during the 1987 winter meet.
In 2015, Garcia was the winner of the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award presented to a jockey whose personal character on and off the racetrack reflects positively on Quarter Horse racing. The Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey award is a peer-elected award.