Paco to Ride Keenland

Paco Lopez, who has won on 120 mounts at Monmouth this summer, will hope to continue that hot streak when he rides at Keeneland's fall meeting.Few jockeys have ever dominated a meet like Paco Lopez has at Monmouth Park this summer.

With two days left in the 57-day season, Lopez leads runner-up Gabriel Saez 120 to 54. Lopez’s mounts have earned over $3.3 million, more than double his nearest competitor.

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Until this meet, no jockey had ever ridden more than six winners on a Monmouth Park card. Lopez rode seven – twice.

The previous record holders with six wins were Joe Bravo, Julie Krone, Chris Antley, Walter Blum, Eddie Castro, and Jose Lezcano. Good company, to say the least.

Lopez will be absent Saturday at Monmouth, as he will be at Belmont Park to ride Itsmyluckyday in the Grade 2 Kelso Handicap and Ribo Bobo in the Grade 1 Vosburgh. He will be on hand Sunday for closing day.

“I have had great opportunities,” Lopez said.

“I have been on the right horses and have done my best to win with them.”

Lopez and his agent, Cory Moran, will head to Kentucky next week to ride the Keeneland meet,
which begins Friday. They hope to stay in Kentucky through the Breeders’ Cup, then plan to return
to their winter base at Gulfstream Park.

“We have some stakes mounts lined up at Keeneland, and we are going to stay and see if we can
build up some business in Kentucky,” Moran said. “We both love the Keeneland meet.”
Lopez, 28, is from Veracruz, Mexico. He began riding in the U.S. in 2007 in Florida and started
spending his summers in New Jersey in 2009. He previously won Monmouth titles in 2010 and

Lopez always has been an aggressive rider, but he has matured over the years and is much more
polished than he was early in his career.

Lopez’s success this summer goes beyond his accomplishments at Monmouth. He went 4 for 7 in
stakes at Saratoga and won his first Grade 1 on Itsmyluckyday in the Woodward. He also was
second in the Grade 1 Whitney on Itsmyluckyday, who is trained by Eddie Plesa Jr.
Lopez’s other Saratoga stakes winners came on Stonetastic in the Grade 2 Prioress for trainer Kelly
Breen; on R Free Roll in the Grade 2 Honorable for trainer Danny Gargan; and on Bern Identity in
the $100,000 Tale of the Cat for Breen.