12/22/2013 3:36PM

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

Ron Solberg More than 1 year ago
first they take our horses,now our jockeys, whats next?
Bob More than 1 year ago
He'll be back in two months...it's Singapore for Christ-sake!
Dan More than 1 year ago
Wonder if he would have stayed on zenyatta and not got her beat at churchill
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
or lost one of the many close ones she won....dumb statement
Dan More than 1 year ago
Was never stating Smith gave her bad rides...but by his own admission he got her beat.
Bob More than 1 year ago
No, Garrett Gomez would have out ridden Flores just like he did Mike Smith!
Teetop More than 1 year ago
Gomez really had a lot of advantages over the other jockeys in that race. He'd run against Zenyatta and knew what she was about, plus he'd been Looking At Lucky's jock for a while and knew what he was about. I think the key was him waiting for Lucky to make his move and going after that. His timing was perfect.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
I hope he doesnt get malaria
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
David Flores is a good rider,i am sad to see Hollywood Park close.But California racing will thrive,with or without Hollywood Park and David Flores.The California Breeding program is the best in the USA.Two $200,000 stakes for Cal Breds this past weekend alone .I am proud to be in Cal breeding industry.I don,t know why Mr Flores has chosen to go to Singapore,but wish him the best of luck ,health and safety.
All Chavarri More than 1 year ago
Sounds you are in denial ... I love California racing, but it's no longer was it once was. The NY (and Florida in the winter) is leaps and bounds better and stronger than California racing, period!
MR More than 1 year ago
He did get to ride the big mare once.
Jeffrey More than 1 year ago
Flores rode Zenyatta three times. Mike Smith got the mount starting with the 2008 Apple Blossom.
Kelly Collinsworth More than 1 year ago
Flores is a very classy rider, and still talented in his mid 40s. His mentor was the King of Caliente traners, Juan Garcia. He'll be very well received in Singapore. Best of luck, David
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
I guess David Flores has seen the writing on the wall as far as Southern California and US racing in general is going. He probably won't be the last jockey from North America who will look for greener racing pastures abroad. Too bad that there is no US track that will offer racing by giving the public what they want. Good ole fashioned honest racing. A track that won't turn the customer upside down and shake out every nickle and dime is hard to find these days. Would it be so hard for a track to offer FREE admission and FREE parking? The admission and parking fee that is not charged will go to the track anyway in the form of customer betting. No hot dog is worth 20 dollars, and why not allow customers to bring their own lunch and eat in a track picnic grove. I think if tracks did that, more families would come out to the track. Whatever happened to the ole fashioned "match race." I do wish David well and I also wish our North American racetracks well. If they don't change, and don't give the bettor a product that brings customers out to the tracks, I am afraid more jockeys and then trainers will abandon North American tracks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you hate the game this much, you can leave also, and the rest of us will stay and keep positive thoughts.
Gary Smith More than 1 year ago
Anonymous,how are your feeling now about your supposed big bet on the Field in the Derby Futures.You have failed to answer this question several times.until you do you have Zero Credibility.Either answer or stop making these stupid posts.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
positive thoughts and no actions gets us Hollywood Park, Longacre and Bay Meadows. Track owners and horsemen have to try to come up with a winning product. Some tracks offer cheap claiming races, one after the other. As someone mentioned below, high take outs. How about offering one race each card with 0 take out for bets wagered on track. They have to offer something to attract people away from their computer screens and make it worth their while to go to a racetrack. I don't think that slots are the savior of horse racing. NYRA is going to up admission fee, parking fee and probably everything else one buys at a NYRA track. Let's see how that tactic works at attracting customers, Aqueduct could be the next Hollywood park. I love and worked in this sport for decades and hope that there will be racing for generations to come.
. More than 1 year ago
I agree with most of what you said. paying for admission, programs,etc for watching 9 5,000-10,000 claiming races. lol!
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
I go to Delaware Park and Parx, both of which have free admission and free parking, as well as picnic groves and, on occasion, pony rides and games for children. Believe me, even all that doesn't attract many fans, let alone families. But I'm certainly not complaining - an afternoon of 9 or 10 races with access to almost the entire facility for free - best value in sports!
rock More than 1 year ago
What about the high take out. Trust me Amy you can give freed admission with parx ridiculous takeout. There screwing over and you don't even know it
. More than 1 year ago
I'm at Del a lot. in the sportsbook. Lower takeout to where the brits are. when you have bigger payouts more people will show up. they need to look at texas hold em success and success of racing in europe,asia
Mortimer Post More than 1 year ago
While we're at it, we need to return to the days (not that long ago at Del Mar, I might add) when you could bring in your own booze. We spend enough wagering; whu should we have to shell out $7.50 for a Coors Lite or $10.00 for a watery "Del Margarita?"
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
stop going....their businesses not charitable social locations
MICHEL More than 1 year ago
He rode several winners for us in Mexico City, I'm pretty sure his last win here came aboard on one of our horses named He's Hail Shape. Great rider on any surface and any distance. Good Luck David
Tim Newcomb More than 1 year ago
what a rider....rode for us at kentucky downs......and won....goood luck david