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Pair of Seven-Pound Apprentices Try to Make Their Mark

Posted Thursday, May 24, 2012


            Keiber Coa 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.

            Conchari 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 thought 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.”

            After 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.

            “Business 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.”

            Conchari 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.

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