Jockey Joseph Trejos notched his first victory in the U.S. Saturday, guiding Mixteca ($42.20) to victory in the opener at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
The 23-year-old 5-pound apprentice had ridden 44 winners in his native Panama after attending the Laffit Pincay Jr. School (Academia Técnica de Formación de Jinetes Laffit Pincay Jr.), where he was selected as the outstanding rider in his December 2018 graduating class.
Trejos came to the U.S. in November and galloped horses at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream Park's satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, before riding in his first race March 19.
“He has a lot of good qualities,” agent Jose Sanchez said. “He's a good worker, he's very serious, and he's here to win.”
Mixteca, who scored by a half-length while making his turf debut in the mile maiden claiming race, was Trejos' seventh mount in the U.S.
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