Keeneland Press Release
Francisco Torres certainly knew his way around a race track when he was a jockey, chalking up more than 3,000 victories. Now he is learning a different side of racing in his role as an agent for other riders.
“It is like going back to school,” Torres said on a recent morning at Keeneland as he scurried through the Grandstand and barn area.
On a typical morning, Torres will be at Keeneland or another track networking with trainers who might employ one of his jockeys. In mid-morning, he will be at the Racing Office to ensure his riders’ mounts are properly entered for upcoming races. In the afternoon, his lessons include watching races to gain insight to possible future mounts. He also studies Thoroughbreds’ race records and future races to find possible matches for his jockeys.
“Being an agent is a different ballgame than being a jockey,” he said. “There is more bookwork.”
At Keeneland, Torres has represented jockeys Sammy Camacho Jr. and Juan Rosa and soon will add Sammy Bermudez to his roster. They will shift to Churchill Downs for the two-month racing season and also will ride at tracks in Indiana and Ohio when the opportunity arises.
Torres, whose brother Javier supervises the Keeneland Jockeys Quarters as the Clerk of Scales, retired in December. He rode in more than 23,000 races in his 31-year career and at Keeneland won three stakes: 1995 Jenny Wiley (G3) on Romy, 1997 Phoenix Breeders’ Cup aboard Bet On Sunshine and the second division of the 1999 Spinning World on Storm Alert.
“I am working hard, but I am on the ground, which is a lot safer than being a jockey,” he said. “I am happy to still be involved in horse racing. It is like living the dream.”