By Churchill Downs Communications Press Release
Carlos H. Marquez, Jr. notched his 3,000th victory in North America when he guided Frank Calabrese and trainer Michael Reavis’ Savemethelastdance to a two-length win in the 7th race Saturday at Arlington International Racecourse. His career total includes eight wins in Puerto Rico.
Marquez was joined in the winner’s circle by his mother Elba Marquez, his brother Carlos E. Marquez, who is a valet at Arlington, his sister-in-law and nephews, as well as his fellow riders.
“We all set goals, and I wasn’t expecting it to be this many,” said Marquez after the win. “We got lucky, and thank God I did it.”
The 50-year-old native of Puerto Rico began riding in 1984 under the guidance of his father and professional jockey Carlos H. Marquez, Sr. The younger Marquez came to ride at Arlington in 1987, capturing the Grade III Arlington Oaks that year on Shot Gun Bonnie, but it wasn’t until 2001 that Marquez, Jr. made the Chicagoland oval his home base. He has won 23 graded stakes, with his biggest victory coming in the 2006 Grade I Queen Elizabeth II at Keeneland aboard Vacare for trainer Chris Block. In addition to the Oaks, Marquez has captured five other Grade III events at Arlington including the 2004 and 2006 Arlington-Washington Lassie, the Pucker Up Stakes in 2006, the Hanshin Cup in 2017 and the 2018 Arlington Matron just last week.