Peruvian Jockey to Ride at Monmouth Park

Juan Eugenio Enriquez is fourth-leading rider at Hippodromo de Monterrico.

Another successful rider in Peru is preparing to ply his trade in the U.S. and has selected Monmouth Park for his domestic debut.

According to the Monmouth Park publicity office, 18-year-old rider Juan Eugenio Enriquez will be represented by agent Bruce Golub, who has previous experience with launching the American careers of Peruvian riders. Golub represented Alan Garcia, now one of the top North American riders, when he was 17, and also booked mounts for Alfredo V. Clemente, Monmouth’s fifth leading rider in 2006.

“He’s not an apprentice,” Golub said of Enriquez. “He’s an up-and-coming young rider who is currently fourth in the standings at Hippodromo de Monterrico. He’s very talented. He has got good hands, is a good judge of pace, and he communicates well with horses.

"They tend to run for him. He’s got a lot of natural ability.”

Golub said Monmouth horsemen are open-minded when it comes to giving newcomers a chance on their horses.

“It’s not hard for a young rider to break in at this track as long as they have the talent," he said. "The trainers here keep an open mind and are amenable to using a new rider. This kid has the talent so I expect him to do well."