The Coa family riding tradition will continue this winter when jockey
Kieber Coa begins his apprentice career in the United States.
Coa, 19, is the son of journeyman
Eibar Coa. He is expected to arrive in Florida early next week from
Panama, where he graduated from the Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey School on
Young Coa will ride the first race of
his career at Presidente Remon Racetrack in Panama City on Dec. 8. He
has two mounts on the card, both in debut events for 2011 graduates of
the school. He’ll ride in Florida at Gulfstream Park the following week,
but plans to continue on to Southern California shortly thereafter to
launch his promising career at the Santa Anita meet that opens Dec. 26.
Agent Joe Ferrer, who also holds the book of top rider Rafael Bejarano,
will handle his business.