and Alex Conchari have a lot in common. They are both 19-year-old apprentice
riders with a seven-pound weight allowance who are only in the second year of
their careers, and they have moved their tack to Monmouth for the summer.
arrived last Saturday from Arlington Park, where he was second in the rider standings, and
Coa has been here since the start of the meet after competing at Gulfstream Park and Calder Race Course.
I would have more opportunity here and the Northeast is where I want to be
based,” said Coa, the son of retired jockey Eibar Coa who was Monmouth’s
leading rider in 2001 and 2002. “Business is good so far, but since I’m a bug,
the trainers have got to get to know me and I need to know them.”
having his flight delayed and then getting stuck in traffic, Conchari arrived
on Saturday just in time to keep his mount for the ninth race and finished a
strong third. He said he was urged to try the Monmouth meet by Hall of Fame
rider Edgar Prado, who is also Peruvian.
is lining up pretty good for me,” he said. “After that race, a lot of trainers
came up to me and said they liked the way I rode that horse. I want to work as
many as I can in the mornings and ride as many as I can in the afternoon.”
has 25 lifetime wins while Coa has six. They will lose their seven-pound
allowance for a five-pound break after 40 wins or one year from the date of
their fifth win.