– Chuck C. Lopez, a fixture at Monmouth
Park since he started
riding 32 years ago, scored the 4,000th winner of his career in the first
race here Saturday when he piloted Duffy’s Tavern ($7.80) to a gate to wire
50-year-old Lopez, who was the top apprentice at Monmouth in 1979, won the
overall riding title at Monmouth in 1998.
want to thank everyone who’s helped me over the years,” said a jubilant Lopez
after reaching the career milestone. “My
family, my agents, all the trainers and owners who have been so supportive, I
The son of
jockey Carlos Lopez Sr., Chuck C. Lopez won his first race aboard Foolish Tracy
at Keystone in 1979. He was leading apprentice at the Monmouth summer meet that
year, and in the fall of 1979, won his first overall riding title at the
Meadowlands meet with 80 wins.
He won his
first graded stakes race aboard Mr. Impatience in the Lamplighter (G3) in 1994
two sons who are carrying on the family tradition to the third generation. Erick
Lopez is a journeyman, and David Lopez is riding as an apprentice.
A native of
Chuck C. Lopez lives in Morganville,