Apprentice jockey David Lopez, currently the leading rider at the Golden Gate Fields Fall Meet, is relocating to Southern California and will compete at Del Mar on Friday.
Lopez will ride one more day at Golden Gate Fields as he has mounts in five of Golden Gate’s seven races Thursday. The 26-year-old has three mounts at Del Mar on Friday and one on Saturday.
Agent Dennis Patterson will continue to represent Lopez.
Lopez competed at Monmouth Park, Indiana Downs and Turf Paradise before moving to Northern California in January. Since his arrival, he ranks fourth among jockeys with 84 wins at Golden Gate Fields, despite missing the final week of the Winter/Spring Meet and the entire Summer Meet after suffering a back injury June 6.
Lopez made his return Oct. 22, winning with three of his four mounts. He added another triple on Saturday. His 14 wins so far during the Fall Meet put him seven ahead of second-place rider Russell Baze, who on Sunday returned from a five-day suspension.