06/01/2017 11:36AM

Top Michigan jockey Angel Stanley now riding in Virgin Islands

Joe Nevills
At the time of his departure, Angel Stanley was tied for second in the jockey standings at Hazel Park.

Angel Stanley, a perennial leading rider in Michigan, has moved his tack indefinitely to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Stanley took mounts last weekend at Clinton E. Phipps Racetrack in St. Thomas, where he has ridden sporadically for more than a decade. Before that, he most recently appeared at the track between a stint at Hawthorne Race Course last fall and the beginning of the Hazel Park meet in May.

A Bronx, N.Y. native, Stanley is currently tied for second in the Hazel Park jockey standings for the 2017 meet, with seven wins from 37 starts, combining Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse races. He is not named on any mounts for the Friday or Saturday cards, marking his second weekend away from the Detroit-area track.

Agent Gary Terrien said Stanley informed him of his plans to leave Hazel Park for a brief period to ride on the Caribbean island, but the jockey has outstayed the itinerary they had discussed.

“He told me he was coming back,” said Terrien, Stanley’s agent since 2014. “He said he was going down for a week, and I haven’t heard from him since. Nobody’s heard from him. I think we’re going to be done after this.”

Efforts to reach Stanley for comment were unsuccessful.

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Terrien also has the book for Wayne Barnett, Hazel Park’s co-leading rider through the first month of the meet.

Stanley has been a regular rider in Michigan since 2008, when he relocated from Tampa Bay Downs to the newly opened Pinnacle Race Course. He was Pinnacle’s leading rider by wins in 2009, then topped the colony at Mount Pleasant Meadows in 2012.

When Michigan’s Thoroughbred meet moved to Hazel Park, Stanley was once again out in front, taking meet titles in 2014 and 2015. He finished second at Hazel Park last year to Ricardo Barrios by a 56-52 margin.

Since becoming a regular rider in the Great Lakes State, Stanley has never finished lower than fourth in the jockey standings at a Michigan Thoroughbred meet where he took more than 100 mounts.

Elsewhere, Stanley earned the inaugural meet title at Mahoning Valley Race Course in the winter of 2014. Stanley has also spent significant time riding at Suffolk Downs, the South Florida and Chicago circuits, Charles Town, and Puerto Rico.