Arriaga Off to Hot Start at Los Al

Rider has already won eight races in 23 mounts at California track.

January 7, 2013

Los Alamitos

Jockey Gregorio Arriaga is off to a dream start to the new season at Los Alamitos after winning eight American Quarter Horse races from his first 23 mounts.

Arriaga is riding with such consistency right now that his longest losing streak this year has been a miniscule three mounts. His eight wins make him second in the current Quarter Horse standings and he trails defending champion Cruz Mendez by only a single victory. Arriaga has also formed a tremendous partnership with trainer Jaime Gomez, as the two have already combined to win five races from just seven mounts this season.

“Jaime has helped me so much, but I have to give credit to jockey Rodrigo Aceves for helping me settle at Los Alamitos,” Arriaga said. “I was at the Northern California fairs before I came to Hollywood Park to work for my boss. I wanted to ride Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos, but I didn’t have an agent and no one wanted me. I begged and begged agents to take my book and I had zero luck. I finally gave Rodrigo a call because he’s always been a good friend. Right away he called his agent, Dennis Christiansen. Rodrigo told him that I was a hard working individual and asked him if he could help me out. Dennis agreed and that changed everything for me.”

Arriaga finished the 2012 season with six stakes victories at Los Alamitos, including major wins in the Spencer Childers California Breeders’ Championship Handicap (RG1) and in the Wild West Futurity (R). He also piloted winners in the Paul Ford Memorial Handicap, Junos Request Handicap, Elan Again Handicap and Los Alamitos Invitational Juvenile Stakes (R). He also earned valuable experience in big money races, as he had mounts in Grade 1 races like the Southern California Derby (Our Man David), Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (Lavish Susan), Golden State Million Futurity (Tres Coronas Mas), Los Alamitos Super Derby (Last To Fire), Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (Onemoreglassofwine), Go Man Go Handicap (Twelve Stepper) and Golden State Derby (La Corona Cartel).

This season, Arriaga has already won allowance races with All About Jessie, No Wine Too Fine and Rush Of Fire and with his status rising with each racing night, he figures to have a full book of stakes mounts in 2013 and beyond.