Tiago Pereira is off
to a good start at Santa Anita’s Spring Meet. The 37-year-old native of
Brazil has won with three of his first 13 mounts (23 percent), tied for
fifth through seven racing days in Santa Anita’s standings.
A world traveler, Pereira has ridden in France, Singapore and Dubai,
where he won the $10 million Dubai World Cup on Gloria de Campeao on
March 27, 2010.
“The riding style is different at each place,” Pereira said with help
from his interpreter, agent Michael Burns. “They go very fast here. It’s
very similar to Rio de Janeiro racing, because as soon as the gates
open, everybody’s whipping and pushing their horses. You have to be in
position for speed here very early.
“The style where I come from is similar. They send from the gate.”