Apprentice jockey Jorge Fuller Vargas, son of former New England jockeys Abby Fuller and Jorge Vargas, recorded the first win of his career on Saturday at Suffolk Downs before an appreciative crowd of 6,813.
After trailing the field for the first half-mile, Vargas improved position aboard Morgan, a three-year-old filly, before surging past the leaders in deep stretch to post a three-length victory in the day’s third race, a maiden claiming event for three-year-olds and up contested at one mile over the fast main track. Morgan covered the mile in 1:44.46 and paid $11.40, 4.20 and 3.00.
“It feels great,” said the 23-year-old Vargas. “It was especially nice to do it at Suffolk Downs.”
Vargas’s mother Abby gained national acclaim in 1985 while sweeping New York’s filly triple crown aboard Hall of Famer Mom’s Command for her father Peter. Vargas’s father Jorge was a longtime journeyman rider on the New England circuit, capturing four meet titles at Suffolk Downs.
Live racing resumes on Monday. First post time is 12:45 p.m.