03/25/2010 1:58PM

GULFSTREAM: Hat trick for Paco


Jockey Paco Lopez continues to climb up the jockey standings and in a hurry. After going 1 for January, Lopez has ridden as well as anybody here and thus far he has dominated Thursday's cards having ridden three consecutive winners including a pair for trainer Eddie Plesa Jr.  Lopez and Plesa hooked up to win the second and third races with Edgemoor and Abbey Cat with Lopez returning to complete the pure hat trick when squeezing through a narrow opening turning for home to get Ain't Love Grand up in time to beat the wide running Girl Can Rock.

Lopez, now third in the standings behind Javier Castellano and Johnny V., has picked up the mount on Moose Man in the fifth race which starts the Pick-6 sequence.