Martin Garcia (jockey)
|Birth date||October 23, 1984|
|Career wins||not found|
|Major racing wins, honours & awards|
|Major racing wins|
California Breeders' Cup Oaks (2006)
Preakness Stakes (2010)
|Kinsale King, Lookin at Lucky, Conveyance|
He emigrated to the United States in 2003 and went to work at a delicatessen in Pleasanton, California. The deli's owner, Teri Terry, introduced him to Mark Hanna, a former jockey, who helped him get started in horse racing as a stable hand and exercise rider. Garcia galloped horses for six months before starting to ride in races at Golden Gate Fields.
On August 17, 2005, Martin Garcia won his first race aboard Wild Daydreamer at the Bay Meadows Fair.
Garcia got his big break in the earlier part of 2006 by beating power house jockey Russell Baze for leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields as Baze had dominated that circuit and track. And was tied with Baze by winning a title at Bay Meadows. 
He relocated to Southern California in April 2006 and made an instant splash finishing in the top five jockeys for the Hollywood Park Racetrack meet. He was nominated for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in 2006 but finished behind Julien Leparoux in the voting.
Other top mounts for Garcia include: Somethingaboutlaura, Get Funky, Sweeter Still, Sierra Sweetie, Briecat, Z Humor, Dance With Gable, and Strawberry Tart.