After a run of 13 straight years, Martin Pedroza was dethroned as
leading rider at Fairplex Park by Edwin Maldonado, who captured the
crown, 26-19, at the 13-day meet that ended Sunday.
agent, Richie Silverstein took a rational view of end of the reign.
“Over the last year and a half Martin’s had a lot of injuries,”
Silverstein said, “and a lot of the big stables didn’t race over there
this year. I didn’t win a race for any trainer in the top 10 and still
finished second. The track was very tiring and there were a lot of
"We had 26 seconds and I missed two full days of riding. Had I
not, it would have been a little better race, but all in all, you can’t
finish second that many times and win. I went there to be leading money
winner and we were, so I was very happy with that. Of course it was
disappointing not be leading rider again but I didn’t have the lower
claiming horses to ride because trainers like (Jack) Carava and (Jeff)
Mullins weren’t there.”