“PACO LOPEZ WINS JOCKEY OF THE WEEK”
With a trio of stakes victories, Paco Lopez shined on Sunshine Millions Preview Day and was named Shuffle Bean Coffee Jockey of the Week for the week of November 7-13, 2016. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.
Lopez had a mount in five of the seven stakes on the Millions Preview Day at Gulfstream Park West on Saturday, November 12th. The seven stakes on the card are prep races for the expected runners on Sunshine Millions Day at Gulfstream on January 21, 2017.
His wins on the card included the $100,000 Juvenile Filly Turf aboard Compelled and the $100,000 Juvenile Filly Sprint aboard R Angel Katelyn. In the $100,000 Millions Classic Preview, Lopez rode heavy favorite Mr. Jordan to a 3 ¾ length victory and set a new track record.
Lopez’s stakes wins vaulted him to the top of the weekly standings for stakes earnings and he was the fourth leading rider by overall earnings for the week. The winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2008, Lopez has earned $8.6 million in his 984 starts of 2016 and is ranked 15th by annual earnings among all North American jockeys.