Veteran jockey Edwin Gonzalez steps into the spotlight and competes in all three Pegasus races - Reuters - petsitterbank

Veteran jockey Edwin Gonzalez steps into the spotlight and competes in all three Pegasus races – Reuters

Jockey Edwin Gonzalez left the nightlife behind for the beach life 10 months ago, venturing to Gulfstream Park at the end of the 2020-21 Championship meet after dominating under the radar at Penn National.

The 29-year-old jockey has emerged from the shadows of night racing in Pennsylvania to pursue his career at Hallandale Beach Racecourse in Florida, where he will be in the spotlight to compete in all three Pegasus World Cup Invitational races on the spectacular 12 of Saturday. – race program.

“I come from the bottom,” Gonzalez said. “I was lucky with my agent and all the people who helped me. I like to win races. I keep working hard. When I arrived here I had a lot of opportunities.

Gonzalez and agent Kevin Meyocks made the most of their opportunities while based year-round in Gulfstream, so much so that Gonzalez was nominated to ride Tracy Farmer’s Sir Winston in the Pegasus World Cup Invitational ( $3 million G1) presented by 1 S/T BET, Live Oak Plantation’s March to the Arch in the $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) presented by Baccarat, and Pedigree Partners LLC’s Shifty She in the $500,000 TAA Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf Invitational presented by PEPSI.

Sir Winston and March to the Arch are coached by Hall of Famer Mark Casse, while Shifty She is conditioned by Saffie Joseph Jr., who currently tops the 2021-22 Championship Meet coaching rankings.

“I started winning races for everyone, Casse, Saffie, so many trainers gave me opportunities,” said Gonzalez, sixth in the Championship Meet jockeys standings with 19 winners. “I kept giving 100% to the horses to make everyone happy and to keep working hard.”

Gonzalez got off to a fast start at Gulfstream, winning 59 races, including the 1,500th of his career which began in his native Puerto Rico, at the spring/summer meet before being sidelined for two months after suffering a hairline fracture to his right. stage on July 3. He rode three winners on his first day back and continued to entrench himself at Gulfstream.

Gonzalez will ride Sir Winston, the winner of the Belmont Stakes (G1) 2019, for the first time in the Pegasus World Cup, in which he will face defending champion Knicks GB and winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) Life Is Good.

“I think he has a good chance because you have these two horses that will be in front. I’m going to put my horse behind them and then race,” Gonzalez said. “My horse is working well. another day in 47 [seconds] and it was as if he was galloping.

After riding March to the Arch, a multi-tiered-stakes winner with over $980,000 in prize money in the Pegasus Turf, Gonzalez will seek his second multi-tiered-stakes win aboard Shifty She in the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf. Gonzalez guided Gone Astray’s daughter to victory in the Noble Damsel (G3) at Belmont Park on October 23. Gonzalez went 3 for 3 aboard Shifty She before finishing second last time out at Gulfstream in the Suwannee River (G3), in which she held on to finish a half length behind Sweet Melania.

“She’s a beautiful filly. I think she has a good chance of winning. In her last race, I don’t think she was 100%. This race, she will be 100%,” Gonzalez said. ” She is here. She doesn’t have to ship, which is in her favor.

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