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by February 1, 2014
My name is Ruben Chavez Jr. and I was born on May 5, 1968 in El Paso, Texas. I have lived my whole live in El Paso with my family. My family and I have always been very involved in the farming atmosphere and we all grew up in this environment. My parents raised me around horses and other farm animals and I first rode a horse when I was three years old. Ever since then, I knew that riding horses was my one and true passion. I first began racing horses at the age of 16. The adrenaline rush, the wind whistling in my ears, the high speed, and the excitement and rush to get to that finish line is an incomparable feeling which I just could never fully explain; it is the absolute greatest feeling ever. I have been gifted with becoming a very successful and passionate jockey. At the time in which I first began riding, I didn’t really see being a jockey as a sport or a hobby; I saw it more as being a profession and being my life-long dream. I have been a part of countless races and events. Among my most notorious are riding the “BF DREAMIN OF GOLD” in which I received the first place win, as well as on the “HEZ LIGHTS OUT” in which I received first won, and riding the ”CHONGO” in which I also received a first place win. All of these first place wins were at the “HIALEAH PARK RACE TRACK.” I also won the 2nd running in "The Moonstone Stakes", the 2nd running of "The Crystal River Stakes", the 2nd running of Hialeah Sophomore Invitational", the 2nd running of "Hialeah Derby", "The South Florida Quarter Horse Derby Trials", and the 2nd running of "The Biscayne Stakes". Although I have been involved in a variety of different races, I believe there’s still so much more for me out there for me to partake in and obtain more experience from. It would be devastating to have to end my career just now when I still have such a long ways to go. There are many more great things out there for me and I don’t believe it’s fair that a mistake I made in the past might possibly force me to end my professional career and my lifelong passion and dream. I strongly believe in second chances and would like to please ask you, with all due respect, to please grant me a second chance to prove, not only to myself, but to everybody out there that there are fresh new starts and second chances and that there’s still much more out there for me and my career as a jockey.
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