By Frank Angst

When the Santa Anita Park race meet opens Dec. 26, the jockey colony will feature a formidable addition in Rajiv Maragh.

Maragh said he’d always wanted to compete in Southern California and when agent Nelson Arroyo reached out to him, he decided the timing was right to make the move from his current East Coast base of New York and Florida.

“I’ve always been a big fan of Southern California racing. I grew up watching it and always admired the top horses and top jockeys to come out of there,” Maragh said. “It was always something that I hoped I’d be able to get to do and Nelson reached out to me a few weeks ago. He felt like now would be a good time to come out and that I’d be a good fit in the colony. I felt like I’d give it a shot.

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