From the Blood-Horse
Alan Garcia, winner of the 2008 Belmont Stakes- (gr. I) aboard 38-1 longshot Da’ Tara who relocated to Kentucky in 2013, is moving his tack and family to Saudi Arabia, according to agent Donnie Richardson.
Garcia, 29, had won with 40 of his 267 mounts (15%) at Churchill Downs since the 2013 spring meet, but managed to crack the top 10 of the jockey standings only once in six meetings beneath the Twin Spires. He finished in a tie for seventh with 16 wins from 115 mounts during his inaugural season.
After graduating from the Jorge Bernardini Yori jockey school and becoming a leading apprentice in his native Peru, Garcia ventured to the United States in 2003. He won more than 1,400 races in America, including 88 graded stakes, and his mounts earned more than $78.1 million.
Garcia was the regular rider of 2007 champion turf female Lahudood (GB), winner of that year’s Flower Bowl (gr. IT) and Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT).