Paco Lopez
Jockey Bios

Paco Lopez

Born: October 18, 1985 in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Mexico

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 43

Stakes Wins: 2

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2014 Woodward at Saratoga aboard Itsmyluckyday

First Stakes Win: 2008 GTOBA Juvenile Filly Turf Dash at Calder aboard My Sweet Natalieq

First Graded Stakes Win: 2009 Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) with Smooth Air

First Career Win: July 13, 2007 at Calder aboard Anarkali

At Keeneland

During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) on Dickinson and Ben Ali (G3) on Watershed.

Rode first Keeneland winner during the 2012 Fall Meet.

Won 12 races during the 2012 Fall Meet to rank fifth among the season’s winningest riders.


Eclipse Award-winning apprentice jockey of 2008.

Breeders' Cup win: 2018 Sprint on Roy H.

North American career earnings exceed $84 million with 2,414 wins through Dec. 4, 2018.

2017 earnings were $9,606,504 with 190 wins, including the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland aboard Dickinson; True North (G2) with Roy H and Gazelle (G2) with Miss Sky Warrior.

Won five races at Gulfstream on Feb. 17, 2017.

2016 earnings of $9,664,784 with 263 wins, including the Demoiselle (G2) with Miss Sky Warrior and Inside Information (G2) with Stonetastic. 

Scored 2,000th career win on Dec. 4, 2016, aboard Yourdreamsormine at Gulfstream Park.

2015 earnings of $8,091,249 with 199 wins. Highlights came with victories in the Inside Information (G2) on Classic Point and Mrs. Revere (G2)  on Isabella Sings.

2014 earnings of $10,295,046 with 274 wins were career highs. Won Prioress (G2) on Stonetastic and Honorable Miss (G2) on R Free Roll.

Had two seven-win days at Monmouth in 2014: May 17 and June 7.

Scored 1,000th career win on Aug. 17, 2012, at Monmouth aboard Whitey’s Gold.



Paco (short for Pascacio) grew up in poverty in Mexico and left home at age 12 in 1997 to live with one of his three sisters (he also has two brothers). He was making $30 a week shining shoes and working at a car wash when a customer asked him if he wanted to work on a ranch. Paco began riding Quarter Horses a short time later. He started racing at bush tracks and soon became one of the top jockeys in nonpari-mutuel races, winning more than 5,000 unrecognized events. He once swept a weekend card of 13 consecutive races.

In 2006, Paco moved to Florida to further his goal of becoming a professional jockey. He worked on a ranch near West Palm Beach, Fla., and rode Quarter Horses in unsanctioned races. Paco began galloping horses at Palm Meadows and then at Calder, where he launched his North American riding career.