Golden Gate Fields Press Release

Jockey Catalino Martinez had a sensational afternoon on Sunday, picking up five wins from eight mounts on the dollar day program.

Jockey Catalino Martinez had a sensational afternoon on Sunday, picking up five wins from eight mounts on the dollar day program. After two weeks of racing at the current Winter/Spring meet, Martinez holds second place in the jockey standings with 13 wins.

The 34-year-old journeyman rider won the first four races on the program with maidens When Jesus Walked and Boyson, claiming sprinter Hopscotchy and starter allowance victor Smokin Blackjack. Martinez completed his five-bagger in Race 8 with impressive maiden special weight winner Johnny Podres, a 3-year-old California-bred trained by Steve Miyadi and owned by Nick Alexander.

“Catalino had a good day, to say the least,” said jockey agent Fordell Fierce, who represents Martinez. “He has been getting a lot of nice opportunities and taking advantage of them. He is a hard worker and a very good horseman.”

Martinez has been a mainstay in the Bay Area jockey colony since 2007. His 2019-a career best year-is certainly worth mentioning. Catalino made more money in purses last year than ever before, with $2,307,589 accumulated throughout the 365-day period. He also tied his own record for most wins recorded in one year, with 133 trips to the winners circle. In 2017, he also won 133 races.

“2019 was a terrific year,” reflected Fierce. “Hopefully 2020 is just as good, if not better. We ended the year strong, too, because Catalino won 3 of the 9 stakes races at the fall meet. That was a big help.”