Geovanni Franco Wants Riding Title At ‘The Toughest Circuit’

If Geovanni Franco doesn’t win Santa Anita’s Spring Meet riding title, it won’t be for lack of trying. Even though he starts a four-day suspension tomorrow through May 24, the 27-year-old Mexico City native has more mounts through 18 days than any other rider, 87, and with 16 victories, is only two behind leader Flavien Prat.

“We’ve been working hard and we’re very happy,” Franco said, alluding to his agent, James Giannone. “This is the toughest circuit, but thanks to Jim and The Man Upstairs, we’ve been doing all right. It’s been very enjoyable, riding good horses and receiving respect and support from horsemen.

“It’s too bad we won’t be riding the next few days because of the suspension, but we’ll be happy to be back soon.”

Giannone and Franco first hooked up in 2013 at Turf Paradise where he won the riding title, parted ways for a while before reuniting in 2015, enjoying tours at the Fair Grounds, Remington Park and Canterbury Park.

Franco has made the most of his Santa Anita stakes opportunities, primarily with streaking winner Fault, trained by Phil D’Amato.

“He’s got a good set of hands, a good clock in his head and patience,” D’Amato said. “They are three attributes important for any successful jockey, and they’ve really helped Geo.”

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