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Apprentice Frey Rides His First Winner At GGF
Apprentice rider Kyle Frey notched the first victory of his career Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when he piloted 13-to-1 longshot Terina to an off-the-pace score in the seventh race.
Breaking from the outside post in a field of seven, Terina and Frey were forced to take the overland route but still managed to get up in time to win the six-furlong race for fillies and mares by a half-length over Kopper Kelly.
Terina, trained by Robert J. Lucas, paid $29.40 after winning for just the second time in 25 starts. Terina was the eighth career mount for Frey, who less than an hour earlier had finished a disappointing sixth aboard 7-to-5 favorite Musical Genius in the fifth race.
“That makes up for the favorite I got beat on,” said the personable Frey of Terina’s handsome win payoff. “It feels great to win.”
Frey, an 18-year-old native of Tracy, is the grandson of Paul Frey, who ranked as one of the top jockeys in California and the Northwest in the 1950s to early 1970s. Kyle’s father, Jay, has served as exercise rider and jockey’s valet in Northern California for many years and is a former trainer.
Kyle Frey worked on a ranch in Washington at age 16 and started jogging and galloping horses for trainer Steve Miyadi in Northern California at age 17. Frey worked horses for seven months before launching his riding career late last month.