'We'll Be Trying To Rebuild Relationships': Jara Makes U.S. Return Saturday At Gulfstream - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

‘We’ll Be Trying To Rebuild Relationships’: Jara Makes U.S. Return Saturday At Gulfstream

Fernando Jara

Jockey Fernando Jara rode in his first race in the United States since 2015 Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The 36-year-old native of Panama was aboard first-time starter Unabated, who finished seventh in Race 8.

Jara, who enjoyed international success aboard 2006 Horse of the Year Invasor (ARG), has been riding in Dubai for the past several years. The 36-year-old, whose last U.S. graded stakes win came aboard Fort Loudon in the 2012 Carry Back (G3) at Gulfstream, is being represented by agent Jose Santos Jr.

“I've been thinking of it for the last two or three years, but I was doing so good there I kept going back,” Jara said. “I haven't been here for so long. We'll be trying to rebuild relationships [with horsemen].”

Jara, who has two mounts on Gulfstream's Sunday card, will be based primarily at Tampa Bay Downs during the winter with the hope of picking up mounts on shippers from Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows, its satellite training facility in Palm Beach County.

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