Jockey Andy Hernandez aboard That is Proper within the Winner’s Circle at Monmouth Park 6/22.
Apprentice Jockey Andy Hernandez knew near nothing about horse racing again in 2019 when he moved to Miami from Cuba. Having by no means been round horse racing earlier than, and with just about no horse racing out there in his native nation, Hernandez’s first expertise on the monitor got here on an outing with a pal in South Florida.
That pal launched Hernandez to Gulfstream Park-based coach David Brownlee, who quickly gave him his first job in racing. Hernandez began as a scorching walker, studying the enterprise from the underside, and Brownlee took the time to show him each facet of the game he may. Hernandez finally was given the possibility to gallop horses, together with his sturdy work ethic paying off when Brownlee gave him a leg up for his first profession experience Gulfstream Park on April 6, 2021 aboard a horse named Majestic Luna.
Hernandez, now 22, has come a good distance in a short while since then, with Monmouth Park certainly one of 4 racetracks he at present rides at. He has made a rapid impression on the Jersey Shore, with a 4-3-4 line from 20 mounts at Monmouth Park heading into this weekend.
After shifting from Gulfstream Park final yr, he went to Delaware Park to experience, whereas additionally hustling for mounts at Parx and Penn Nationwide.
It was at Parx final October that Hernandez met agent Jimmy Boulmetis, and the 2 hit it off instantly, forming a partnership that’s ongoing.
“I noticed he was an excellent rider, he was simply driving dangerous horses,” stated Boulmetis, the son of the late Corridor of Fame jockey Sam Boulmetis, who gained 4 driving titles at Monmouth Park. “Having by no means been round horse racing earlier than, it is wonderful how briskly and the way nicely he has picked it up.”
The partnership has confirmed to be an enormous success, with 61 of Hernandez’ 84 profession wins coming this yr.
Hernandez, who counts his work ethic as certainly one of his strengths, made the choice with Boulmetis to attempt Monmouth Park this summer time due to the alternatives so as to add to his driving workload.
“It was a great match, it gave me an opportunity to work seven days per week — three days racing at Parx and three racing at Monmouth Park,” Hernandez stated. “All the things is nice right here up to now. I have been working arduous every single day.”
Hernandez stated he’ll experience at Monmouth Park at some point of the summer time, in addition to Parx and Penn Nationwide, including Laurel Park to his workload when the alternatives come up.