Argentinian Jockey Maria Scaldaferri 'Chasing The American Dream' At Monmouth - Horse Racing News

Jockey Maria Scaldaferri from Argentina at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ. Photograph By Invoice Denver/EQUI-Picture



Coach Luis Carvajal has a simple clarification for providing so quite a few unproven – and frequently inexperienced – jockeys a chance with his horses.

“When you do superior matters for people it finally arrives again to you,” he claimed.

Maria Scaldaferri, a indigenous of Argentina who has nevertheless to acquire in the United States, is the latest aspiring rider to get an option from Carvajal, finding the mount aboard Malibu Existence in Friday night’s fifth race at Monmouth Park.

It will mark the Monmouth Park debut for the 30-yr-aged native of Pergamino, Argentina.

“I was looking for an workout rider and (coach) Rafael Schistl recommended her to me,” Carvajal explained. “So I place her on some horses in the early morning and she started out doing work for me. She has completed a superior work. She wishes to trip. She was a jockey in Argentina and she wishes to ride in the United States.

“She will work difficult. She appears to be like very good on a horse. The most important thing to me is that she has that edge, that internal push, to thrive. I’m giving her a possibility and we’ll see how she does.”

Carvajal has a background of gratifying challenging perform for jockeys needing a break.

On the June 4 system at Monmouth Park, he gave apprentice Derbe Glass a leg up on Totally free Flayme.

Two years in the past, he set Maria Maysonett on Malekith at Monmouth, resulting in her 1st job earn. Past 12 months he gave Sean Gilpin his initial qualified mount aboard Now I am Broke, also at Monmouth Park.

“I like to assist people who like to work,” mentioned Carvajal, who has 16 winners general from 96 starters this 12 months just after publishing a career-best 24 victories a yr in the past. “If I see them motivated and doing work hard I feel like they ought to have a possibility.

“I usually try to place myself in their shoes, imagining that if I labored really hard plenty of anyone would give me a likelihood. So I do what I can to support. It’s not like I am placing them on (retired several Quality 1 winner) Imperial Hint. But they are entitled to a shot.”

Scaldaferri, who also rode in Brazil and Peru from 2011 via 2018, is -for-21 in the United States, acquiring ridden just the moment last yr.

“Of program I’m psyched,” she explained. “This is my first time driving at Monmouth Park and anyone has been incredibly valuable. I am chasing the American dream. I know in this country that if you function hard sufficient people will give you a prospect, whether you are a woman or a gentleman.”

Scaldaferri is also performing horses for Corridor of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer in the mornings.

“As prolonged as I retain doing work challenging I consider people will give me a prospect,” stated, Scaldaferri, who does not have an agent. “I just want to be a jockey and acquire races.”

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