LARC NEWS Posted: 1/22/2019 8:50:28 PM


               Ramon Guce, the all-time leading Thoroughbred rider at Los Alamitos, will make his first riding appearance since July 30, 2017 when he pilots the Thoroughbred Snow Kitty in the second race here on Friday night. He’ll also pilot the Golden Gate shipper Hong Kong Cowboy in the third race.

            Guce was sidelined after being involved in a riding accident in the first race on July 30, which left in a lot of pain around his previously fractured C2 and C7 cervical vertebrae and his T1 vertebrae located at the top of his thoracic spine.

“I couldn’t come back to riding until I had no pain at all,” said Guce, a 10-time leading Thoroughbred rider at Los Alamitos. “I was feeling depressed and anxious just waiting to get healthy. It was a difficult time. After I completed therapy I was still in some pain. I started going to the chiropractor and in three months I started feeling a lot better. It’s been a big improvement. I feel no pain at all now.  It took me a long time, but I am so happy to be where I am right now. As soon as I started getting back on horses and back at the track I also started feeling better mentally. Just being back and around the horses has been a great medicine. I spent the last two months getting fit. I’ve been going to the gym twice a day. I feel 100 percent. I needed to feel 100 percent and that’s how feel now.”

Guce is the only jockey at Los Alamitos with over 1,000 Thoroughbred wins. In his career, the native of the Philippines has been aboard 1,072 Thoroughbred winners. He also piloted the Quarter Horse Rare Ed to victory in the Grade 1 Andreini Distance Championship in 2016 and the Arabian racehorse Valiant Boy SBFAR in the 2014 Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Arabian Cup at Los Alamitos.  



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