Reunited: Gallardo, Moran Back Together For Monmouth Park

Antonio Gallardo, second leading rider by wins in North America in 2015 and 2016, is getting back together with agent Mike Moran for the beginning of the Monmouth Park meeting that opens May 13.

Last September, Gallardo and Moran planned to move their business to Southern California where Moran rode during part of his 20-year career as a jockey. During his cross-country drive to the West Coast, however, Moran received a phone call from Gallardo, telling him their plans had changed: He was going to New York instead and hiring agent Matt Muzikar, who had recently parted ways with Eclipse Award winner Javier Castellano.

“I was excited about going to California,” said Moran, who had teamed with Gallardo since 2013 and together won consecutive riding titles at Presque Isle Downs and Tampa Bay Downs. “I believe Antonio is a great jockey. I thought if those guys in California would give him a chance, he'd do well. He's so smart, he's the total package.”

Moran regrouped, headed back east and took the book of Edwin Gonzalez, previously second leading rider at Penn National and now trying to catch Daniel Centeno to be leading rider at the Tampa Bay Downs meet. Earlier in the Tampa Bay Downs meet, Gonzalez rode six winners on a single card.

Things didn't go as well in New York with Muzikar as Gallardo had hoped. The 29-year-old native of Spain finished the year fifth at Aqueduct, then seventh during the early season winter meet at the Big A. He's won just 20 races from 179 mounts, a far cry from 2016, when he rode 332 winners from 1,501 mounts for a career best $7,347,832 in mount earnings.

He and Moran started talking and decided to reunite.

“You can't burn bridges in this business,” said Moran. “You learn to accept everything.”

Gallardo, who hasn't ridden since March 25 at Aqueduct, is taking some time off to be with family and soon embarks on a week-long cruise. He'll then go to New Jersey to begin working horses in preparation for the summer meeting at Monmouth Park.

Moran will head north May 4 after final entries are taken at Tampa Bay Downs. He'll book mounts for Gallardo, who will be based at Monmouth, and Gonzalez, who will start at Monmouth and then move his tack to Delaware Park when that meeting opens June 3.

“I'm really happy that I can keep them both,” said Moran. “I have so much confidence in Antonio, and Edwin rides for Mandy and Jamie Ness, who will support him at Delaware. Edwin looks really good on a horse.”

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