01/08/2013 7:45PM

2012 Eclipse Awards: Angel Suarez

photo by: Tom Keyser

No apprentice jockey in North America jockey racked up more mount earnings in 2012 than Angel Suarez, who regularly rode day and night cards in Pennsylvania to amass $3,366,126. He won 142 races from 837 mounts, and his win total was the year’s second best for an apprentice behind Jose Montano. For the breakout season, Suarez is a finalist for the Eclipse Award for outstanding apprentice jockey.

Suarez, 19, graduated from the riding school Agustin Mercado Reveron in his native Puerto Rico in 2011. He won with the first mount of his career, on Jan. 1, 2012, aboard Grady Times at Camarero in San Juan.

It was the fulfillment of a dream for Suarez.

“He had no racing background,” said Suarez’s agent, Donna Servis. “He woke up one day, told his mom he wanted to be a jockey, and she said, ‘What?’ He was very smart in school, and she thought he’d be a doctor. It’s a Cinderella story, except it’s all true.”

Suarez won eight more races in Puerto Rico and then ventured to Pennsylvania. For the better part of 2012, he split his time between his base of Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., where he ranked sixth in the overall standings with 87 wins, and Penn National in Grantville, Pa.

“He’s just the best,” Servis said. “He never complains, never says a word, never says, ‘I’m tired.’ ”

Suarez’s “big horse” last year was Hello Lover, one of the winningest horses of 2012 with nine victories. Suarez was aboard for three of them and also guided Hello Lover to a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup at Parx.

Mary Jo Couts More than 1 year ago
Good luck...you earned it and get my vote hands down. Your agent isn't bad either....lol!!
Kim Pratt More than 1 year ago
Wishing you all the luck in the world Angel (and Donna!) Angel is a sweet kid full of class. No matter what happens you have made waves and will continue to do so! It's a real pleasure to know you. Enjoy the Eclipse Awards, Win Lose or Draw! :) You guys certainly earned teh right to be there! Stay safe my friend. See you in the winner's circle!
Zulma Medero More than 1 year ago
Angel, tu has sido un visionario. Escogistes un deporte de los mas riesgosos que haysin embargo tus habilidades y tu fuerza de voluntad te han llevado a demostrar tus grandes habilidades, en este campo profesional. Conmigo has pasado el reto que te impuse en septiembre del 2009, cuando te dije "que como madre te visualizaba en otra profesion pero si verdaderamente ese deporte te apasionaba te iba a respardar y tu tenias que demostrarme que ibas a ser uno de los mejores. El ser nóminadofinalista para el premio Eclipse, es prueba suficiente de que poniendo a DIOS por delante tu futuro profesional esta bien aspectado. Que el Dios vivo que yo conozco te continue dando sabiduria e inteligencia espiritual para continuar puliendo tu talento. Siempre, siempre continue siendo un joven humilde y respetuoso con los Trainer, Dueños de Caballo y todo el personal en este campo del hipismo aunque haya dias muy dificiles y tensos. yo se que los has pasado. Tengo la seguridad y certeza que en cuanto a tu conducta es intachable pues tus valores morales ha si lo han demostrado. No estaré contigo en este peldaño de tu vida profesional que marcara\á una nueva etapa en tu vida, pero mi corazón estará contigo. Te amo y te admiró. Zulma( Mom Angel)
Donna Servis More than 1 year ago
So very proud of you Angel Suarez...In my eyes you define the meaning of Eclipse...You have lived the past year with Honor & Dignity and to that I am very proud to represent such a fine individual... Win, loose or draw we know you will always be the WINNER!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart, for the best year ever...
Virginia Reid More than 1 year ago
He deserves to win because of his awesome record and work ethic. Not to mention his incredible talent.
Jose Calderon More than 1 year ago
suerte my friend
Jose Calderon More than 1 year ago
suerte my friend.