A 73-race losing streak wasn't enough to shake the confidence of Southern California jockey Jose Valdivia Jr.
Valdivia ended the streak Friday with two winners at Santa Anita, then added the $200,000 San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) to his rebound Saturday aboard Meteor Game.
The 29-year-old native of Lima, Peru, never stopped believing in himself during the drought.
"You can't think about it," the jockey said. "I never lose my confidence. Once I do that I might as well give it up. It's a tough game and it goes in cycles. Bad luck plays a part even though I ride the same way. I try with every horse I ride but just happened to have a little more luck the last couple days. I hope it keeps going.
"More than anything you've got to have faith and perseverance, just wake up every day and do the same thing. When you change things you could make mistakes. You have to go through each day and be thankful that you're healthy enough to come back the next day and do it all over again. It's a brand new day and a brand new start."