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Hope ya’ll are doing well. I’m doing just great.

I have been working like a mad man trying to get business going. That’s what it takes to get back in this game that I love so much. I’m up at 4 a.m. working horses and not done until 10 a.m. The great part is that I love it; and I love being busy. 

Last week, I just hired a new agent, Brad Pegram. He used to be my agent from 2005 to 2008. From 2008 until now, I had a couple of different agents and the last one was Craig O’Bryan.  Craig and I had a great run together and we became good friends and had fun times. He is a great agent, but in this line of work sometimes you need a change to “Shake it Up” and get noticed again. Craig is currently working with Tyler Baze and Mario Gutierrez .  

Every jockey has an agent. An agent’s job is to get mounts for the jockeys. An agent gets a percentage of the winnings for each win. 

Every morning agents get started at Clocker’s Corner around 5 to 6 a.m. Clocker’s Corners is a place where most of the trainers go to have coffee and watch the horses work out, and the agents sell their jockey to the trainers. It’s the Starbucks of the racetrack.   

Once a trainer and agent have a horse, the next step is the drawing of entries, which is three times a week every week and takes place at the racing office. 

Agents work hard. They are always on the phone, looking for the right races, socializing … and on top of that they have to deal with us crazy jockeys. One of the negative part is that they have to remind us or tell us what the weight class is for certain races. Craig and I parted on great terms and we are still great friends. We both know in this sport you have to have thick skin or you get eaten alive.    

This was my first week with my new agent, Brad Pegram. This is a new beginning one more time for me. My job as a jockey is to show up every morning and my agent is in charge of lining up horses to work for  any trainer who gives us the green light to ride their horse. 

We’re knocking on trainers doors trying to get into new barns. A good example is Jim Cassidy. I’m working horses for Jim every morning and he finally got his first winner for this meet, Taylors Honor. And the cool part is the horse has the same name as my 14-year-old daughter. She was all excited when I called her about this win. I was excited myself. I tried to get her to come to the races but she wanted to hang out with my wife and her 3-month-old brother, John.  

And, congrats to Corey Nakatani for winning the San Felipe Stakes on Hear the Ghost for trainer Jerry Hollendorer. That was an exciting Saturday at Santa Anita. It was full of surprises, and the search is still on for the Kentucky Derby. 

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En Español

Edited by Jose Acevedo

Hola a todos mis amigos y colegas esperando que se encuentren bien de  salud y deseándoles lo mejor de mi parte y de mi familia.

Nosotros bien por la gracia de Dios trabajando duro cada mañana,correteando la torta tal y como debe ser con la frente en alto y firmes haciendo lo que sea nesesario para mantenernos en el negocio de seguir montando, porque hasta el momento no he perdido el interes de hacer lo que un dia cambio mi vida. El día 11 de febrero de 1984.

La semana pasada empece a trabajar con un nuevo agente Brad Pegram, que por cierto ya había trabajado conmigo algunos años atrás. En este negocio aveces es necesario hacer cambios y mas ahora que la industria a bajado de caballos y dueños. Antes tenia a Craig O”Brain, que por el tiempo que trabajamos nos fue bien y terminamos en buenos terminos y muy buenos amigos.

Los agentes se encargan de conseguir caballos para nosotros,ellos ganan el 25% asi que tienen que buscar la manera de conseguir los mejores caballos en cada carrera que cada uno de nosotros montamos.

Cada mañana alrededor de las 5:00 de la mañana,ellos empiezan su trabajo en el clockers konors que es el lugar donde la mayoría de entrenadores pasan a tomar un café y ven sus caballos galopar o trabajar. Los agentes venden su productos,que somos nosotros los jockeys,y recorren el área de las caballerizas tratando de conectar con los entrenadores.  Con  un libro de condiciones encuentran la condición de cada caballo para buscar la carrera mas conveniente y se ponen de acuerdo con cada entrenador. Después que hay un acuerdo el agente inscribe los caballos de diferentes entrenadores en la oficina de carreras. Los domingos, miércoles y jueves son las inscripciones, para los cuatro días de carreras.

 Mi trabajo es  estar presente cada mañana, recorrer con ciertos entrenadores y ofrecer mi servicio que es trabajar algunos caballos que posiblemente están por correr en alguna carrera muy próxima y estar en contacto con mi agente para no entrar en conflicto con los trabajos a la misma hora. Muchas veces pasa que ciertos entrenadores les gusta trabajar en diferentes breaks que son las diferentes horas que cierran la pista para renovarla y tener pista nueva y así los caballos trabajan mejor.

Esta primera semana de trabajo con mi nuevo agente, ganamos una carrera con el caballo Taylors Honor que por cierto es el nombre de una de mis hijas. Invite a mi hija para las carreras pero prefirió quedarse con mi esposa y nuestro nuevo niño John Lorenzo pero asi es esto para mi y mi familia hay veces que ellos están presentes pero el que debe de estar presente soy yo y por supuesto pero cuando ellos vienen me da mucho mas alegría cuando ganamos alguna carrera se meten conmigo al circulo de ganadores. Y para concluir esto es simplemente algo de lo que David Flores vive y disfruta  con todos ustedes  esperando poder seguir compartiendo algo de nuestro ambiente hípico y porque no si tienen preguntas poder contestarles si es posible, en lo que concierne a lo que yo he vivido y aprendido en este mundo hipico.Hasta la proxima chao!!!


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David Flores

David Romero Flores began riding match races as an 8-year-old in his native Tijuana, Mexico, where his father was a jockey. Flores earned his first professional win as a rider on March 3, 1984, aboard Swift Doc at Aqua Caliente.

Flores, who joined the jockey colony in Southern California in 1989 and never left. He went on to win riding titles at Santa Anita Park, Del Mar, Oak Tree Racing Association, and Fairplex Park. His big break came in 1996 and 1997 when he rode Siphon to victories in big races.

Flores has amassed more than 3,400 wins during a distinguished career that includes a trio of wins at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Flores won the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) aboard Tempera, the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) aboard Action This Day, and the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with Singletary.

Flores won the United Arab Emirates Derby in 2001 aboard Express Tour

Flores enjoys golfing in his free time and helping out with charity events for children. He currently resides in Arcadia, California, with his wife and kids.

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David Flores

David Romero Flores began riding match races as an 8-year-old in his native Tijuana, Mexico, where his father was a jockey. Flores earned his first professional win as a rider on March 3, 1984, aboard Swift Doc at Aqua Caliente.

Flores, who joined the jockey colony in Southern California in 1989 and never left. He went on to win riding titles at Santa Anita Park, Del Mar, Oak Tree Racing Association, and Fairplex Park. His big break came in 1996 and 1997 when he rode Siphon to victories in big races.

Flores has amassed more than 3,400 wins during a distinguished career that includes a trio of wins at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Flores won the 2001 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) aboard Tempera, the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) aboard Action This Day, and the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with Singletary.

Flores won the United Arab Emirates Derby in 2001 aboard Express Tour

Flores enjoys golfing in his free time and helping out with charity events for children. He currently resides in Arcadia, California, with his wife and kids.

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