MISS SOUTHERN DD - Tallahassee Stakes - Second Leg of the Hialeah Park Sprint Series - 02-02-15 - R08 - HIA - Jockey Omar Reyes (2)Jockey Omar Reyes, fresh from a riding title at Hialeah Park, continued his winning ways in March and was named the AQHA/Jockeys’ Guild Quarter Horse Jockey of the Month.  A panel of experts selected Reyes as the inaugural recipient of the JocketTalk360.com award.

Reyes overcame a bad spill previous month to be named the inaugural winner of the new award. A native of Kansas City, Reyes was catapulted from his mount Lord of Fire at Hialeah on February 15th. The unfortunate result was a fractured collarbone and immediate surgery. Despite that setback Reyes was still able to comeback in enough time to hold off the rest of the riding colony at Hialeah’s Winter Quarter Horse meet and win the title with 46 victories.

A relative newcomer to race riding, Reyes became involved in the sport when fellow jockey and friend Raul Gutierrez talked him into galloping horses. He notched his first win aboard Anns First Lady at Lone Star Park in October 2012.

For the month of March he lead all Quarter Horse riders in wins with 48 while placing second in monthly earnings with a total of $646,836 in purse money won.

With the ending of the South Florida meeting at Hialeah, this top jockey is staying quite busy now in the Southwest. His skills are in demand by many of the top trainers throughout the region. He is listed on mounts at Sam Houston, Remington Park and Sunland Park in the next four days.