Apprentice jockey Miguel Arroyo notched his first career victory Saturday at Gulfstream Park, scoring aboard Stay Again ($17) in Race 4.
Stay Again, who benefited from a ground-saving trip under the 10-pound apprentice before rallying in the stretch to prevail by two lengths, was the 13th mount for Arroyo, who rode in his first race at Gulfstream June 1.
“The last two years I've been galloping, learning as much as I can to get to this moment,” Arroyo said. “I've galloped for Stanley Hough, Nick Zito and Barclay Tagg at Palm Meadows Training Center and at Saratoga. I'm very excited to win my first race.”
Arroyo, who was born in Peru, has been a longtime resident of Miami Gardens, FL and is the son of jockey Wilfredo Arroyo, who rode at Calder Race Course (now known at Gulfstream Park West) and most recently rode at Canterbury Park.
Stay Again also won for the first time in the 1 1/16 mile race that was originally scheduled to be run on the turf course after finishing out of the money in his seven previous starts.
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