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Martin Pedroza

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 Biography and Highlights:  
  • Height: 5'4"
  • Weight: 113
  • Born: Panama City, Panama
  • Residence: Duarte, Calif.
  • Family: Wife, Evelyn, sons Brian and Tyler. daughter Jasmine (nickname Jazzy).
  • Pedroza is in the midst of another solid year, posting purse earnings as of late September of $3.8 million, earning him a spot in the top 40 among North American riders. Helping him along the way have  been stakes winners Nonios, Wilkinson and Via Villago, any of which could wind up in Breeders' Cup races.
  • Best Breeders' Cup finish thus far came with a third place aboard Two Step Salsa in the 2008 Dirt Mile. Two previous mounts were both in the Juvenile Fillies. He finished eighth with Silk's Lady in 1986 and 12th with Miss Iron Smoke in 1991.
  • Missed the first five months of the 2009 racing season after breaking his pelvis in seven places in a freak accident at Santa Anita on Jan. 11 (his mount reared and fell on him in the post parade). Doctors thought he'd be out for a year, but the determined and resilient rider returned in five months.
  • Rides the Southern California circuit where he has been known as "The King of the Bull Ring" for his success at Fairplex Park. His longtime agent is Richie Silverstein.
  • Won the 2011 riding title at Fairplex Park for a record 13th time, but was unable to secure his 14th title this year as he had to settle for second behind Edwin Maldonado.
  • On opening day at Fairplex in 2009, he scored his 3,000th career victory and brought home seven winners in one day at the Pomona oval, a feat he repeated two days later. He is Fairplex's all-time leading rider, nine of his titles coming consecutively from 1999-2007. He won 51 races, a single-season record, during the 17-day Fairplex meet in 2004. He was inducted into Fairplex's Hall of Fame at the end of the 2009 season.
  • Won his first major title at Hollywood Park's 2005 fall meeting at age 40. He rode 31 winners, finishing five ahead of runner-up Patrick Valenzuela.
  • Rode the winner of Hollywood Park's Landaluce Stakes  for three consecutive years (1990-1992) and again in 2006. His first three winners were trained by the late Brian Mayberry, for whom he named one of his sons.
  • Won six consecutive races at Oak Tree on Oct. 31, 1992, equaling the Santa Anita record set by Laffit Pincay Jr., on March 14,1987.
  • Gained notice when he rode 50-1 Martial Law to victory in the G1 $1-million Santa Anita Handicap in 1989.
  • Leading apprentice at 1983 Santa Anita, Oak Tree and Los Alamitos meetings.
  • Graduate of the Panama jockey school, where he started at age 17 following in the footsteps of his older brother Marcelino, who also was a jockey. Rode his first winner in 1981 at Presidente Remon in Panama.
  • Hobbies include going to the gym, running, watching movies and spending time with his family.

Breeders' Cup Record

1987Juvenile FilliesSilk's Lady8th
1991Juvenile FilliesMiss Iron Smoke12th
2008Dirt MileTwo Step Salsa3rd

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