Jockey Eddie Garcia was honored on Saturday for his 150th stakes victory at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Garcia became the first jockey to reach the milestone at Los Alamitos when he rode Ron Hartley's Black Fryday to win the Governor's Cup Derby (RG3) on July 28. Born in Tala, Jalisco, Mexico in 1964, Garcia began his riding career at Laurel Brown Racetrack near Salt Lake City when he was 16. His first stakes victory at Los Alamitos came in the 1986 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) on Easy Conversation, a gelded son of Easy Sage trained by Blane Schvaneveldt for owner Juliana Winters.
Since then, Garcia has won several of the sport's major futurities, including the 1993 All American Futurity (G1) aboard A Classic Dash, the '96 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) with Corona Cartel, and the 2008 Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) on Tres Passes. The all-time leading Quarter Horse rider at Los Alamitos with 2,655 wins, he also has ridden Four Forty Blast, Separatist and Sign Of Lanty.
Garcia has won eight Quarter Horse riding titles at Los Alamitos, with his first coming at the 1987 winter meet. In 2015, he was the winner of the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award, a peer-elected award presented annually to a jockey whose personal character on and off the racetrack reflects positively on Quarter Horse racing.