Jockey Pedro Alvarado rides for the last time

15 Oct

Longtime Northwest jockey Pedro Alvarado announced his retirement this past week with Sunday Oct. 14, 2012 being his last day of riding Thoroughbreds.

Alvarado went out with a bang winning three racing, including the fnal race at the Hastings Racecourse meet aboard 5-1 Mr Exspeedient.

Here are a few graphs from Randy Goulding’s piece that ran in the Daily Racing Form.

When Pedro Alvarado was a boy growing up in Mexico City he knew he wanted to be a jockey. Following his dream, he enrolled in a jockey school when he was 13 and he began riding races at the Hipodromo de las Americas in 1981 when he was 16. A career that saw him win over 3,000 races will end on Sunday when he rides Mr Exspeedient in the last race.

“Riding horses was all I ever wanted to do,” said Alvarado. “My uncle started taking me to the races when I was 6 or 7 and right away I knew I wanted to be a jockey. In my first year I finished second in the standings behind Alberto Lopez, who was a very good rider. I moved to Tijuana about a year and a half later and rode at Caliente for about three years. I also started to ride a bit in Washington and California.”

Alvarado eventually moved to Washington and rode full time there for 15 years. Between riding in the United States and Canada he won 2,716 races, and his mounts have earned $24,65 million.

Alvarado has worked hard for his success. He has had to fight weight for many years, and at 47 the toll on his body is starting to catch up to him. Part of his usual routine on race days was to arrive early and run a few laps around the five-furlong oval.

“I have no idea how many laps I’ve done here,” said Alvarado. “The last four years have been the hardest. We only run on the weekends, so I have to work harder to stay in shape. My body just can’t do it anymore. I didn’t mind all the exercise I did to stay in shape, and the work used to give me a boost. Now, when I push hard I don’t have the amount of energy I need for the afternoons. It’s hard. I really want to give my body a rest.”

Alvarado, who was born on Aug. 10, 1965, began riding full-time at Hastings in 2001 and has won 1,008 races at the Vancouver, B.C. track



HASTINGS RACECOURSE – 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006

EMERALD DOWNS – 1996-97 Winter Meeting


YAKIMA MEADOWS – 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998


Won 44 races at the final Longacres meet in 1992 including the Seattle Handicap aboard Sneakin Jake.

His 153 wins in the 1994 Emerald Racing Association meet, was the all-time best for one meet at Yakima Meadows.

Alvarado passed Ken Doll for the most wins at the Yakima, WA oval with win No. 733 in 1996. He would finish with over 800 wins at YM.

Won opening day June 20, 1996 of Emerald Downs aboard Pic O Them All who became the first horse in history to win races at Emerald Downs, Longacres, Hastings/Exhibition Park, Yakima Meadows and Playfair.

Won 400 races at Emerald Downs (1996-2000), including 14 stakes races.

1996 – Eagle Hardware Derby aboard Find Our Star.

1996 – Mona Lisa aboard Misty Knight.

1997 – Washington Championship aboard Military Force.

1998 – WA State Legislators aboard Handy N Bold.

1998 – Pepsi-Cola aboard Handy N Bold.

1998 – Gottstein Futurity aboard Vino Rossi.

1999Hastings aboard Philamina Halfmoon.

1999Seattle Slew aboard Vino Rossi.

1999Mona Lisa aboard Taste The Passion.

1999 Budweiser-Emerald aboard Thetruthisoutthere (DQ to 1st).

1999Governor’s aboard Handy N Bold.

1999 Eagle Hardware Derby aboard Vino Rossi (DQ to 1st).

1999WTBA Lassies aboard Taste The Passion (DQ to 1st).

2000Fox Sports Northwest aboard Thetruthisoutthere.

He won the Grade 3 British Columbia Derby twice, with Roscoe Pito  in 2003 and Halo Steven in 2006.

He sat aboard Prefabricate who put forth a record-setting performance in the Eagle Hardware & Garden Derby in 1994 at Yakima Meadows. The time – 1:48 – for the 1 1/8th miles, shattered a 16-year-old standard set by Flamme. He won the Yakima Futurity in 1993 aboard the filly Dancing Ovation and the 1994 contest on Harrigans Aly. Alvarado also won the 1992 A. E. Penney Memorial Handicap on Chan’s Dragon. Got the job done on Sneakin Jake in the 1994 Yakima Mile.

Finished second in the 1997 EmD jockey standings with 112 wins.

Won his first career race at Hipodromo de las Americas (Mexico) in 1981.


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