by Gulfstream Park Press Release
April 4, 2021
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – A rising star in Panama, jockey Jose Morelos notched his first victory in the United States Sunday at Gulfstream Park.
The 20-year-old jockey, who had ridden 503 winners in Panama after launching his career at the age of 16, guided Wild Cat West ($12.40) to victory in Race 5, a mile maiden race for $12,500 claimers.
“I’m very grateful to the trainer for giving me the opportunity,” Morelos said through an interpreter. “I’m looking forward to a lot of better things to come in the future.”
Morelos saved ground aboard the Luis Ramirez trainee while rating behind a contested pace into the homestretch turn. Wildcat Cat West, who lacked room entering the stretch, was taken four wide for the stretch drive, and the son of Mineshaft kicked in through the stretch to graduate by a neck.
Morelos’ victory came on his 10th mount since his U.S. debut April 1. Jay Rushing is his agent.