Sunday, May 27 2012

Empire Builder Gives Apprentice Gonzales First Stakes Win

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (May 26, 2012) – Apprentice jockey Jonathan Gonzales, who entered the Calder Meet with just one career victory, tasted stakes success for the first time in his young riding career on Saturday when guiding Luis Duco Stables, Inc.’s Empire Builder through the wire first in the $55,000 Mambo Meister, covering the one-mile ‘off-the-turf’ trip in 1:39.04.

“It feels so good, I could almost cry” Gonzales said while heading back to the jockey’s room following the race. “I worked real hard for this.”

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