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FINISH LINES: Jockey Martin Garcia dismissed Vic Stauffer as his agent Wednesday morning. “He just told me, ‘I want to make a change. There’s no reason, and I have no new agent,’” Stauffer said .
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I don't know.. but if Vic keeps booking two journeymen jocks, he is odds-on to get the record for the most fired jockey agent..
I have absolutely no idea why Martin Garcia chose to fire me. He was quite emotional so much so that I began to feel badly for him while I was the one being axed.
He said to me that he felt while I did a great job that he just had to make a change. When I asked him who he intended to hire he said he hadn't decided.
He's a wonderful young man with an AMAZING WORK ethic. His talents on horseback are finally being showcased due in large part to the great opportuinities he's been afforded by riding for Bob Baffert.
I tried to capitalize on those achievments by getting him into new and strong barns and felt we were accomplishing just that.
Clearly I'm doing something wrong. That's not said to illict pity. I'll try to figure out what and move forward. I intend to work even harder and try to learn more and be the best possible agent for Tyler Baze. Who in the short time I've worked for him I've grown to respect and admire.
After a long hardworking struggle Martin is amongst the elite riders in So. Cal. Believe me that's due to HIS hard work and little else.
I wish him nothing but the best.
Funny place the racetrack. Especially the backside. Oh well. And so it goes.
I don't think you're necessarily doing anything wrong, it is just rare that an agent can rep two jocks succcessfully. In fact, for years I think it wasn't allowed -- an agent could have 1 jock and 1 apprentice, but not two seasoned riders. Each jockey has an ego, and somewhat understandably wants an agent working 100% for them. If you have two, and put one into a new barn, or on a new horse, the other one probably feels "why wasn't that me" even if the barn specifically asked for one of them, it wasn't a sales job by you.
Just my opinion, but you'll be happier and hair will turn less gray if you only rep one. And Tyler is certainly strong enough to keep you busy.
I agree wholeheartedly with you, Al. In the old days it was one veteran rider and one apprentice per agent. I remember when the late Jerry Ingordo
had Patrick V and his cousin Fernando's book. I hooked them up all the time in exactas and so forth.
It's essential human nature. Vic should already know this. Did you notice that neither rider would come right out and say they want the entirety of Vic's efforts devoted only to them. No man wants to say those words to another man.. That's the nature of the male..
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