Ramos, Garcia Take Respective Jockey, Trainer Titles At Horseshoe Indianapolis - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Ramos, Garcia Take Respective Jockey, Trainer Titles At Horseshoe Indianapolis

Jockey Joe Ramos was joined by family and friends for his leading jockey presentation at Horseshoe Indianapolis

Jockey Joe Ramos led all riders at Horseshoe Indianapolis and trainer Genaro Garcia topped the trainer standings when the meet concluded Friday.

It was not without drama all the way to the finish as Ramos scored his second consecutive leading jockey title at Horseshoe Indianapolis by one win, coming down to the final race of the meet. Ramos completed the season with 109 wins over Fernando De La Cruz with 108.

Ramos, a native of Puerto Rico, started the season off slow but kicked into gear about a month in and began climbing the charts. By August, he had taken over the top spot and led all jockeys by several wins until the final month of the meet. De La Cruz closed in the final three weeks and at one time tied Ramos, but Ramos retook the lead and held onto the title.

“First of all, I thank the Lord because he keeps me healthy and gives me the opportunity to do this again,” said Ramos, who has made his home in Shelbyville, Indiana. “There are a lot of people that work hard for me. I worked hard for this, and I dreamed of this, but it wouldn't be possible without all the people around me. My agent, 'Bones' (Kerry Wirth), deserves the credit. He is the one that gets my business going and when we struggle, he takes me out of that and gets me back going.”

Ramos topped his tally of 106 wins from 2022. He completes the 2023 season with $3,233,548. A win percentage of 18 boosted him to the top along with a 48 percent top three showing. He was also the tracks leading apprentice jockey in 2019.

“I feel very blessed to work around some great people,” added Ramos. “I thank Randy (Klopp) and Roger (Spiess) for the opportunity to ride for them and also, a thank you to all the people that work on the backside, such as the grooms and hotwalkers. They don't get a lot of recognition, but they work very hard and are responsible for the horses doing so well.”

Garcia earned his first leading trainer title Horseshoe Indianapolis in 2017. This year, he topped the standings again, winning his fifth title in the past seven years at the conclusion of thetrack's 2023 racing season.

Garcia's horses won 73 races during the 123-day meet with purse earnings of more than $1.7 million. The tally marks a new record for most money earned in one season by a trainer in Horseshoe Indianapolis history.

“I want to everyone who made this possible,” said Garcia. “Our whole team in the barn and all the riders had a hand in this. I thank all of them for their hard work.”

Of the five titles, the win tally in 2023 is the highest for Garcia. He completes the 2023 season with 495 career wins and has now taken over the top spot on the list of all-time leading trainers. He was the only trainer to score a four-win day and added one triple and 11 doubles to his stat line. He had many horses standout during the meet, but his 2-year-olds really shone, including Molly's Town, who was four for four on the year, including two stakes wins.

“I'm always surprised with our 2-year-olds,” said Garcia. “That's what excites me every year. They give you hope each year and it's real exciting to see them. And you are always looking for the next two-year-old. That's exciting. We start with our babies in September and work with them for 60 days, then we give them a break and start back with them.”

Garcia, who calls Central Indiana home, will keep some horses at Horseshoe Indianapolis for winter training and racing at Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky, but he plans to spread out and race at other tracks, including Oaklawn and Fair Grounds. His younger horses get a break until next year's Horseshoe Indianapolis meet, which begins April 8, 2024.

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