Gonzalez began riding at the age of seventeen in his native Panama, attracting the notice of Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr., who got him a job galloping horses. Gonzalez has other interests outside of race riding: he studied art at the Thomas Edison School in Panama for five and a half years, and still draws and paints recreationally. In the 2007-2008 meet, Gonzalez finished fifth in the jockey standings; his 57 wins included a victory in the Challenger Stakes. Gonzalez ended last year’s Tampa season as the fifth leading rider with $822,497 in purse money earned.
Finish Lines… Tampa Bay Downs is celebrating Sunday’s big game with Roll Back the Prices on Saturday, January 31. Roll Back the Prices includes $1 beer, Nathan’s Famous™ Hotdogs and $1 soda at concession stands from noon until 3 PM trackwide.
Racing resumes tomorrow, January 30 with a ten race card; the Pick 6 carryover is $814.65, and the High 5 carryover is $6,157.93. The Silks Poker room is open daily from 12:30 PM through 12:30 AM, and The Downs Golf Practice Facility is open on Mondays from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM and on Tuesdays through Sundays from 8:30 AM through 10:00 PM.