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Juarez Wins With His First Lifetime Mount
LAUREL, MD. 12-14-13---Apprentice Nik Juarez won with his first lifetime mount when odds-on favorite Love Heart beat six other $5,000 claimers in today’s fifth race at Laurel Park.
The twenty-year-old Juarez, who is the son of former rider Calixto Juarez and the grandson of exercise rider Charlie Linton, broke just a little tardily aboard Love Heart as the field left the starting gate in the six furlong test. Juarez was unfazed as he carefully steered the daughter of Lion Heart to the outside and slowly gained on the leaders, finally reaching the front a furlong from home. Love Heart won by ¾’s of a length in 1:14.18 and paid $3.60.
“He is very hard working and honest,” said his proud father. “As long as he remains focused, I see a bright future.” The elder Jaurez had 513 wins in a career that spanned from 1990-2010.
“That was terrific,” said the beaming rider as he dismounted in the winners’ circle. “I want to work hard to keep getting better, to be the best.”
Juarez has been exercising horses for trainer Tim Keefe. He is a native of Westminster, Maryland and a graduate of Winters Mill High School.
On a side note, Juarez is the second 10-pound apprentice to achieve a career mark this week at Laurel Park. On Thursday, 37-year old South American native Carlos Gutierrez won for the first time since his arrival in the United States.
About Laurel Park
Laurel Park is a Stronach Group company, North America’s leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company owns and operates the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its award-winning Adena Springs operation. The Stronach Group is one of the world's largest suppliers of pari-mutuel wagering systems, technologies and services. Its companies include AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology; Xpressbet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service; and Monarch Content Management, which acts as a simulcast purchase and sales agent of horseracing content for numerous North American racetracks and wagering outlets. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horse racing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horse racing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.