04/24/2012 11:55AM

Golden Gate notes: Jockey Orozco gets first Thoroughbred win


Jockey Irving Orozco notched his first Thoroughbred victory in Saturday’s second race at Golden Gate Fields.

Orozco, who rode one race at Santa Anita, was 0 for 17 at Golden Gate Fields with 2 seconds and 3 thirds before he rallied Clearlyaluckyguy from sixth to win the 5 1/2-furlong maiden claimer by 3 1/4 lengths. Clearlyaluckyguy returned $5.80.

“It was very exciting,” said Orozco. “It’s something I dreamed about as a little kid. Once I got to the quarter pole and knew I was going with more speed that anyone else, I thought, ‘This might be it.’ At the eighth pole, I thought, ‘This is it.’”

An 18-year-old native of Glendale, Calif., Orozco began his riding career at Los Alamitos last summer and rode eight Quarter Horse winners.

◗ Beginning on Thursday, Golden Gate will go to a 1:15 p.m. first post. The exceptions are during the three Triple Crown Saturdays – May 5, May 19 and June 9 – when first post will be at 11:45 a.m., and the final four Fridays of the meet  – May 25, June 1, June 8 and June 18 – when first post will be 3:15 p.m.

◗ Daily Racing Form handicappers Dan Illman and Mike Beer will present a free handicapping seminar on Saturday in conjunction with the running of the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile. Illman and Beer will conduct the seminar covering all of Saturday’s races at the Paddock Pub at 11 a.m. The Paddock Pub is located on the track level near the entrance to the paddock and winner’s circle.