"It's all for a great cause and I'm very excited to be a part of it," said Southern California-based jockey Jose Valdivia Jr.
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. Riding assignments for the championship were drawn at random on Jan. 25. In the four-race competition, the jockeys will be awarded points on a 10-6-4-2 system, for finishing first, second, third, or fourth, respectively. A scratch is worth two points. The championship races are carded as the fourth, sixth, eighth, and 10th races on the afternoon's 11-race card. A top prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the winner. Other jockeys in the championship include Peruvian-born and United States-based riders Rafael Bejarano, Jose Valdivia Jr., John Jacinto, David Lopez, and Manuel Aguilar. Gulfstream Park-based riders Cornelio Velasquez, Eddie Castro, and Robby Alvarado will also participate. Peruvian representatives are former U.S.-based jockeys Benjamin Padilla and Victor Fernandez, as well as local sensation Carlos Trujillo. The track scheduled the event on a Tuesday, when many U.S. tracks do not offer live racing, to allow many of the U.S.-based riders to make the trip. A percentage of the proceeds from wagering on the event will go to the Peruvian Jockey School by determination of the participating jockeys. Track handicappers have made Bejarano the morning line favorite for the event. In between races, Prado will be honored by track officials and the Peruvian Turf Journalist Association for his successful career as a jockey in the U.S.