Jockey Kelsey Camarillo-Faucon piloted her first winner in the United States after guiding Charger Girl to victory in the third race on Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course. Camarillo-Faucon has won professional races before with those victories occurring in the Virgin Islands last year.
A native of Southern California, the 24-year-old jockey, who attended Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, was issued an apprentice license on June 29, 2014. She had been galloping in Southern California for five years prior to making her debut during the inaugural daytime summer Thoroughbred meet at Los Alamitos Race Course.
After piloting Charger Girl to victory for Javier Gamez and trainer Louis Bradvica on Sunday, Camarillo-Faucon was embraced in the winner’s circle by her family, including a loving hug from her father. Her fellow riders congratulated her as well, but in their own style. As Kelsey returned from the winner’s circle, she was surprised with a bucket of cold water over her head. Kelsey did not mind. It was her friend’s way of celebrating her first victory in the United States. And as far as Kelsey is concerned, it’ll hopefully be the first of many for the young pilot.