David Flores, who will turn 42 on Feb. 5, has parted ways with Ron Anderson and reached an agreement with longtime agent Craig O’Bryan to book his mounts, according to sources. Flores and Anderson hooked up during the Del Mar meet this past summer, but the veteran rider’s business never picked up and he made the switch in agents this week after initially announcing he was going to serve as his own agent.
Flores, who won three Southland riding titles in 1999 but has seen his business decline sharply this past year, won three stakes races on opening day of the 2007-08 Santa Anita meeting, but his best finish at any of the five major Southland meets in 2009 was a three-way tie for 10th at the Del Mar meet.
Flores, who joined the Southern California jockey colony during the 1989 meet at Del Mar, has won three Breeders’ Cup races and numerous other local major stakes, including two Hollywood Gold Cups, a Santa Anita Handicap and the Pacific Classic.
O’Bryan last served as Richard Migliore’s agent when the East Coast-based jockey rode here during the Oak Tree meet.