Apprentice Rivera Pilots First Career Winner At Gulfstream Park

Jon Rivera celebrated the first win of his riding career when guiding Pesky to a 1¼-length victory in Race 2 of Sunday’s program at Gulfstream Park.

The 22-year-old native of Puerto Rico got away from the gate sharply aboard the Arindel homebred 2-year-old colt to chase pacesetter Dudewithaname during the backstretch run of the 5½-furlong maiden claiming race. The 10-pound apprentice gave Pesky his cue into the homestretch and the Florida-bred son of Union Jackson responded to pass the tiring pacesetter and draw off to a comfortable victory.

“I feel great. It’s a dream come true to be winning races out here and having fun,” said Rivera, whose family has been involved in racing in Puerto Rico for generations.

Rivera ventured from Puerto Rico to Ocala to prepare for his riding career.

“When I came here, I went to Ocala. I want to thank Abracadabra Farms for always giving me a chance,” said Rivera, who also worked for Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse for a few years.

Pesky ($9.20), Rivera’s fifth career mount, followed Juan Alvarado-trained stablemate Dot ($5.60) into the winner’s circle to complete an Arindel Daily Double ($31.60) to kick off Sunday’s card.

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