Ticker
  • Top Billing posts :38 2/5 for 3F work at Payson ParkPosted 11 hours ago
  • Dortmund wins a thrilling three-way photo in the Los Alamitos Futurity!Posted 11 hours ago
  • Sky Flight gets up late in the Tropical Park Derby Posted 13 hours ago
  • Cinco Charlie wins the Sugar Bowl for his 4th juvenile stakes win. Posted 17 hours ago
  • Grand Contender best in a sloppy Buddy DilibertoPosted 1 day ago
  • California Chrome covers 4F in :49.00 at Los Al (2/2)Posted 1 day ago
  • There will be a Pick Six carryover of $18,465 when racing resumes Friday at Los Alamitos.Posted 2 days ago
  • Bayerd gets the job done in the Springboard Mile! Posted 6 days ago
  • Acceptance remains unbeaten in winning the King Glorious! Posted 6 days ago
  • Good Luck Gus best in the Damon Runyon! Posted 6 days ago

David Lopez Wins First Career Race

Apprentice rider David Lopez, son of Monmouth Park veteran rider Chuck C. Lopez, celebrated the first win of his career Friday afternoon at Monmouth Park by guiding 55-1 longshot I Did It His Way to victory in the day’s fourth race.


“It’s everything I thought it would be and more,” the 21-year-old David Lopez said.  “I’ve been waiting for this since I was a little kid – watching my dad and learning from him.  You never know, but I always hoped it would happen this quickly.”


Despite heavy fog hampering the effectiveness of on-track video cameras and the vision of track announcer Larry Collmus, Lopez appeared to have his mount on the lead throughout the one-mile $10,000 maiden claiming event.


At the wire, Lopez and the 4-year-old son of Mongoose finished two lengths ahead of runner-up Gambaru.


Following the winner’s circle presentation, Lopez was greeted with buckets of ice water from his fellow fourth-race riders before being doused with shaving cream, eggs and even more water back at the jock’s room. 


That, of course, was followed by a hug from dad.


“I couldn’t be prouder of him,” Chuck C. Lopez said.  “He’s paid his dues and waited a long time for this.  I’m just so proud.”


Friday’s fourth race was just the third start of David Lopez’s career who is the latest member of the Lopez family – joining grandfather Carlos Lopez Sr., uncle Carlos Lopez Jr., father Chuck C. Lopez, and brother Erick Lopez – to reach the winner’s circle at Monmouth Park.

             

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories