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Journeyman rider Angel Serpa, who is based at Laurel Park, represented the U.S. and the Maryland Jockey Club at the 16th annual China Wuhan International Horse Racing Festival at Orient Lucky City Wuhan International Racecourse. Originally from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Serpa won the International Jockeys’ Race on the 1,200-meter race that runs clockwise around the sand-based track.

“I’m feeling so thankful to everyone,” Serpa said. “I was the only U.S. rider over there and it was a really good experience. It was the first time I had ever ridden there and to win, that’s the exciting part when you pass the wire in front. I am very grateful to be there and represent Maryland.”

The opportunity for Serpa to participate in the festival came after a Chinese delegation made a visit to Laurel and asked MJC President and General Manager Sal Sinatra and Vice President of Racing Development Georganne Hale if Laurel would be interested in recommending a rider to represent The Stronach Group track.

“I want to thank Georganne, Sal and Mr. [Frank] Stronach for giving me the opportunity to go there and represent the United States and the Maryland Jockey Club,” Serpa said.