Martin Garcia Back In A Big Way At Santa Anita After Time Away

by | 06.09.2019 | 6:40pm
Martin Garcia

Martin Garcia is on a roll.

In the past week, the resurgent 34-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, has won seven races including three yesterday to give him 14 at the Spring portion of Santa Anita's meet, placing him in the lofty position of sixth in the standings.

He also remains a trusted member of Bob Baffert's mega-stable, breezing the two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer's blueblood stock when called upon.

“Martin is working really hard, working horses in the mornings, has a great attitude and is a very talented rider,” said his agent, Tom Knust. “He's one of the best riders around. All he needs are the opportunities and he'll deliver.

“I'm very happy with him and how strong he's finishing here before heading to Del Mar this summer.”

Knust also is eager to welcome runaway Golden Gate Fields riding king Abel Cedillo who will ride on a regular basis in Southern California for the first time shortly.

“He'll be here next week and I'm excited about getting him,” Knust said. “He's a strong finisher, his horses relax and he just wins. I expect him to start riding before this meet's over.

“I'm looking forward to representing two riders who have so much talent and potential.”

Added Baffert: “Martin had gotten hurt and had to clean up some things in his life, and he did. Now he's trying to get back to where he was. He misses those big Baffert checks (such as the one from winning the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic in 2014 for Baffert on Bayern).”

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