Jockey David Lopez recorded his 1,000th victory in the United States in dramatic fashion Oct. 22 when he rallied Sourdough Sam from last to first in the $65,280 Oakland Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
With a long sustained drive, the 30-1 shot Autism Awareness surged past Bold Chieftain at the wire to win the $150,000 Berkeley Stakes (gr. III) by a head on Memorial Day at Golden Gate Fields May 25.
Team Portland Meadows dominated its fellow riders from Golden Gate Fields in winning the first "XpressBet Jockey Challenge" at its home track Jan. 7.
The March 8 El Camino Real Derby program at Bay Meadows was marred by a four-horse spill in the fifth race. Jockeys David Lopez and Luis Martinez were taken to Stanford Hospital following the race.
The stalking Bwana Bull circled the pacesetters coming off the final turn of Sunday's $150,000 California Derby and was long gone at the end under substitute rider David Lopez at Golden Gate Fields.
Apprentice jockey David Lopez escaped serious injury Thursday after he was unseated from his mount, Obi Wan, in the third race at Aqueduct.
Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. may have finished first in the Tarde de Jinetes de Campeones (Afternoon of Champion Jockeys) at Lima's Hipodromo de Monterrico Jan. 31, but he didn't bring home the $5,000 prize when he flew back to Santa Anita Wednesday morning.
Jockey Edgar Prado, an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding rider last year, will face 11 other riders in the Tarde de Jinetes de Campeones [Afternoon of Champion Jockeys], at Lima's Hipodromo de Monterrico on Tuesday.
A chain-reaction spill involving four horses that started when 2-year-old Irish Tizzy broke down in the far turn of the second race at Golden Gate Fields sent three riders to a local hospital for treatment.
Jockeys David Lopez and Alfredo Miranda, who were injured when their horses fell in Thursday's seventh race, were in stable condition Friday and improving, Bay Meadows track physician Dr. David Seftel reported.
Jockey David Lopez, who suffered a slight head concussion when he fell in a race Sunday, returned to ride claimer Smoke Till Dawn to a six-furlong track record at Golden Gate Fields Wednesday.
Jockey David Lopez suffered a mild concussion Sunday when he was unseated by his mount, Italian Bar Road, in the stretch run of the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields.
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