Apprentice Rider Monica Garcia Gets First Win
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 7/12/2013 2:09:56 PM
Last Updated: 7/14/2013 4:18:46 PM

Jockey Monica Garcia is 'congratulated' after her first win.
Photo: Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Apprentice jockey Monica Garcia captured her first career race in the opener at Monmouth Park July 12, piloting Lee Lewis' Global Asset to a 3 3/4-length victory in the $10,000 maiden claiming event (VIDEO).

"This is thrilling," said Garcia, a 30-year-old native of Chihuahua, Mexico. "I got my license late last year here. I didn't ride at all over the winter, but started when I got back here. This is just a great experience."

Garcia placed the Mark Hennig-trained Global Asset just behind dueling leaders Peanutbutterbrown and West Bay Road in the backstretch. Turning for home, she urged her charge to challenge Peanutbutterbrown, getting the lead past mid-stretch and drawing clear late. Global Asset was the 7-10 favorite in the field of six.

Friday's first race marked the jockey's 16th career mount. A 3-year-old gelding by Indian Charlie, Global Asset was making his third career start. Trainer Claudio Gonzalez claimed the winner for Two Rivers Racing Stable.

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