Oaklawn Park Press Release

A triple Saturday pushed Martin Garcia into second in the rider standings after 42 days of the scheduled 57-day season.

Garcia won the seventh race aboard Cardamon ($20.40) for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, eighth race aboard Finnick the Fierce ($14.40) for trainer Rey Hernandez and the 10th race aboard Don Vito Corleone ($52.60) for trainer Rick Hiles.

Garcia entered Sunday with 38 victories, two less than leader Joe Talamo. Defending champion David Cohen and six-time local leader Ricardo Santana Jr. were tied for third with 36 victories. Santana was scheduled to resume riding Sunday after missing the previous eight racing days (COVID-19 self-quarantine).

Garcia had been a fixture in Southern California before relocating to the Midwest last fall with his new agent, Jay Fedor. “He’s the happiest jockey I’ve ever worked for,” Fedor said last month. “He loves everybody. He loves his job.”

Fedor said Garcia will ride at Oaklawn until its scheduled end, May 2, before returning to Churchill Downs.