05/20/2013 1:52PM

Arlington Park: Agent brings strong riding pair in Torres, Castro


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Corey Nakatani, billed as bulwark of the Arlington season before the meet began, won’t be moving his tack here from California, according to the jockey agent Jay Fedor, who was to represent Nakatani at Arlington.

But agent Dennis Cooper, who has regularly handled the business of Arlington’s leading riders during the last decade, swooped into town with two jockeys this past weekend, both of whom figure to do meaningful business at the meet. Cooper will be booking mounts here for Francisco Torres, the surprise leading rider of the 2012 Arlington meet, and Eddie Castro, who has come from New York to be based for the first time at Arlington.

Cooper has been handling Torres’s business since the Keeneland meet in April. Torres, a Chicago native, initially planned to ride at Churchill through the end of the spring-summer meet there, but changed his mind to return to Arlington. Castro struggled to find live mounts at Aqueduct’s spring meet, winning just 7 races from 74 mounts there.

Fedor remains the agent for Rosemary Homeister Jr., and said he is “weighing opportunities” to represent a second rider this summer.