Martin Garcia Back To Santa Anita After Stint On NYRA Circuit, Hopes To Ride For Baffert ‘Eventually’

Martin Garcia is returning to ride full time at Santa Anita after a three-month sojourn on the New York Racing Association circuit. The 33-year-old native of Veracruz, Mexico, will be represented by Vince DeGregory, who will continue to handle apprentice Cesar Franco.

“Martin is fulfilling his obligations in New York this week, is due here Monday and will start working horses Tuesday,” said DeGregory, 85, who has represented eight Hall of Fame jockeys in a career that started in 1959 with a kid out of Puerto Rico named Angel Cordero Jr.

In addition to Cordero, other Hall of Fame members DeGregory has worked for are Laffit Pincay Jr., Chris McCarron, Bill Shoemaker, Jorge Velazquez, Jacinto Vazquez, Alex Solis and Victor Espinoza. He also handled business for Darrel McHargue and Joel Rosario, the latter one day likely to be the ninth DeGregory rider enshrined.

Garcia had been the go-to rider work rider for Bob Baffert during his recent run in Southern California, in addition to gaining stakes mounts for the Hall of Fame trainer.

“The response I have gotten so far has been good, but Martin will have to go around the barns and see other trainers in the mornings from now on,” said DeGregory, who was contacted by Garcia and asked to take his book. “I think Mr. Baffert will put him back on horses eventually.

“He understands that Bob has other riders he is using now and that he won’t be working horses for him every morning like he did before. I asked him what his situation was with Bob and he said we’re still good friends, so he left on good terms.

“This will give Martin an opportunity to work for other trainers. We’ll have to stir up some business again. In this game, if you don’t work horses for the trainers, you don’t ride them.”

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