Only two years ago Adrian Loza was grooming horses like stakes winner Lords Table for trainer Donna McArthur. The 20-year-old is now dreaming about riding horses of the caliber of Lords Table after picking up his first professional win ever as a jockey aboard the 7-1 shot Indian Jack Flash in Sunday's 4th race at Los Alamitos.
"I've only started riding a month ago so this win feels great," said Loza, a native of Lago de Moreno in Jalisco, Mexico. "When I started riding winning seemed like a dream. I was just happy to have chance to ride at Los Alamitos. When I came to the track today, I felt that I had a good chance to get lucky and win. Indian Jack Flash was ready for this race."
Loza worked in construction in Mexico but in his spare time he would partake in the popular match races of his native land. "I rode in a few match races but I was lucky enough to win five or six races in Mexico. That experience made me want to ride horses for a living at Los Alamitos. I started as a groom for Donna and then I began to gallop horses. I feel extremely lucky to now have a chance to compete against the best Quarter Horse jockeys here. I love the life style and I really enjoy the competition."
Loza credited trainers Hector Sanchez, who conditions Indian Jack Flash, and Danny Montes for giving him the opportunity to ride their horses. The young pilot had 14 mounts this season. He's enjoyed two other finishes in the top three this year.
"I loved my job when I was doing construction because I enjoy hard work," Loza said. "I love my job as a jockey and I'm going to work hard to get better each day."