The Saratoga jockey's quarters will see a new face in Kentucky-based Chris Landeros, who will ride his first full meet at the Spa this summer.
Landeros, 30, has already won four graded stakes this season, including a victory in Saturday's Robert G. Dick Memorial at Delaware Park aboard Gentle Ruler for trainer Ian Wilkes.
The veteran rider has spent recent winters in South Florida riding at Gulfstream Park, where he rode 31 winners this winter, among most of the same jockeys that are regulars at the Saratoga meet.
“I'm super pumped,” Landeros said of riding at Saratoga. “I've been going to Gulfstream the past couple of winters and building familiarity with most of these guys and I have some pretty good relationships with them.”
Landeros rode four races at Saratoga last summer, including a victory aboard Big Dollar Bill in the Birdstone. He said he was on the road a lot last summer riding in stakes at various tracks and looks forward to having a more centralized base at Saratoga.
“I was always on a plane in the summer riding stakes. So, I figured why not just stay at Saratoga,” said Landeros. “It's a tough and competitive meet, but I get along with the people up there and I'm really excited about it. Kentucky is home. It's where my family is, but I didn't want to be too far away from these guys. I made a good impression on them over the winter and got some good feedback and support. I'm going to enjoy this.”
Landeros will be represented by former jockey Richard Migliore.
“I've known him since I was a kid and he has always been supportive of me,” Landeros said.
Migliore, who serves as an on-air contributor for America's Day At The Races and Saratoga Live, is equally as excited as Landeros.
“I'm very excited to work with Chris,” Migliore said. “I've always been impressed with his ability and I know he can compete with a strong colony of riders. We've got great responses from everyone. We got started a little bit late but I think that we'll hold up pretty well. The second half of the meet will be better than the first.”
Landeros is named aboard two horses for trainer Gary Contessa on Thursday's Opening Day card, including Bustin To Be Loved [Race 6] and Lido Key [Race 10].
A native of San Mateo, California, Landeros rode his first winner in January 2006 at Turf Paradise aboard Spring of Pearls. He has won over 1,400 races in 13 years of riding.
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