PLEASANTON, CA - MAY 02: Mexican immigrant and horse racing jockey Martin Garcia washes lettuce while working as a cook part time at the Chicago Metropolitan Deli May 2, 2006 in Pleasanton, California. Garcia, 21, came to the United States from Veracruz, Mexico three years ago in search of work. He landed a job as a cook at a deli in Pleasanton, California. After he had been on the job for a while, Garcia found out that the restaurant owner had a horse and asked if he could ride it sometime. Garcia was a natural with the horse and was introduced to a trainer at the local fairground racetrack. Garcia got a job working out horses and was immediately noticed for his riding abilities and was asked if he would like to be a jockey. In 2005 Garcia began racing and winning. He is now the second most winning jockey in the country. Despite making on the average of $10,000 per week, he still works at the deli two nights a week.
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