Portland Meadows Welcomes New Jockey Jose Delgadillo
At just seventeen years of age, Jose Delgadillo isn’t doing what most kids his age might be doing on the day before Thanksgiving. Many are finishing up class, or heading out of town to visit family, but Jose Delgadillo was riding his first mounts as a professional jockey at Portland Meadows. The son of veteran Southern Californian rider Agapito Delgadillo, Jose picked up two mounts Wednesday afternoon. He was scheduled to start on Saturday November 24th, but when jockey Rocco Bowen was off his mounts for the Wednesday card, Delgadillo was ready.
Before the races, Delgadillo was preparing for his day and didn’t look very nervous for a young man who was about to guide a one thousand pound animal five and a half furlongs against seven rivals.
“I’m a little bit nervous,” Delgadillo said. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a little kid, going to the races and watching my dad ride.”
Delgadillo will finish out the meet at Portland Meadows which runs until December 9th, at which time he plans to probably head back to Southern California where he’s been galloping horses in the morning.
“I thought Portland Meadows would be a good place to get some experience and I could get some mounts here,” Delgadillo said.
His first mount came in the fourth race when he rode 8/1 runner South Carson, a four start maiden to a fifth place finish. He finished fifth again in the following race, aboard long shot Gigs Gamble, just missing fourth by a nose.
“Everything went well,” Delgadillo said after the races. “It was exciting. Everything goes so fast out there, it’s like the gate opens and next thing you know it’s over. I’m really looking forward to Saturday.”