HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Luis Sanchez made an auspicious United States debut Thursday at Gulfstream Park, guiding Luna Lunita to an 11-length victory in the third race.
“This is my first mount in this country. It’s always been my dream to ride here. It’s going to be a big challenge because the level [of completion] is so high,” Sanchez, a graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Vocational Jockey School in Panama, said through an interpreter.
The 21-year-old jockey, who rode 147 winners in Panama before venturing to South Florida, sent Luna Lunita ($7.80) to an uncontested lead on the backstretch and was never threatened thereafter in the mile $6,250 claiming race for fillies and mares.