12/22/2013 2:36PM

Flores to ride in Singapore in 2014

Jockey David Flores will ride in Singapore in 2014.

Jockey David Flores plans to relocate to Singapore for the first half of 2014 and could be based there longer, he said Sunday.

Flores, who has ridden at Fair Grounds in recent weeks, will ride Santa Anita’s opening day Thursday and travel to Singapore that night.

“I’ll stay for six months and go from there,” Flores said. “There are a couple of stables that want me to ride for them. I didn’t make a commitment to any [one] stable.”

Flores rode briefly in Singapore earlier this year, riding three winners. The trip allowed him to become familiar with racing in that country.

“I got to introduce myself to the trainers and owners,” Flores said. “They asked me if I wanted to go back and ride there, and I said I would think about it. I made the decision to apply for a license.”

Flores said he recently completed the license application and visa process. He said Singapore offers a different atmosphere of racing, but that the game is fundamentally the same.

“It’s a different system, but racing is racing,” he said.

Flores, 45, has had a successful month at Fair Grounds in December, winning two stakes Saturday. A fixture in Southern California racing since the late 1980s, Flores has ridden at Keeneland and Fair Grounds this fall. He has won 3,537 races in North America, including 51 races this year.

additional reporting by Bob Fortus