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After his new agent Camilo Marin arranged for a tryout for prominent owner-breeder Fred W.Hooper, and subsequently awarded a riding contract, Brauilo Baeza arrived in the United States, midway through 1960. The sphinx like native of Panama couldn't speak a word of English, and it was up to his agent to translate the riding instructions of the various trainers that he rode for. His success came almost immeadiately. Don Fair, the veteran chart caller for the Daily Racing Form said that "Baeza did more for a horse than any rider he had seen in a decade." He won on his very first U.S. mount, the meeting opener at Keenland. He also won another one later on the card.

The year 1961 saw Baeza begin to establish himself as a top rider, with regular calls on some of the best horses owned by Fred Hooper, John Galbreath, C.V. Whitney, and the Greentree Stable. He was the regular rider for Crozier, and the duels of Carry Back and Crozier during the first part of the year, were the talk of the country. Crozier and Carry Back met in three $100,000 races, with Carry Back winning the Flamingo and the Florida Derby each by a head, and in the Kentucky Derby by three-quarters of a length. A victory in the Belmont Stakes on the long-shot Sherluck provided bettors with a $132.10 payoff, a record which stood until the 2002 running.

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1960 Stakes Victories

The Cleopatra Stakes-Washington Park
Dolly Kirsten
The Grassland Handicap-Arlington Park
Quiz Star
The Lafayette Stakes-Keenland
Sal's Beau
The Pageant Handicap-Arlington Park
The Prairie State Stakes-Arlington
The Stars and Stripes Handicap-AP
The Washington Park Futurity-AP

1961 Stakes Victories

The Bluegrass Stakes-Keenland
The Kentucky Oaks-Churchill Downs
My Portrait
The Derby Trial-Churchill Downs
The Belmont Stakes-Belmont Park
The Hibiscus Stakes-Hialeah
The Christmas Handicap-Tropical PK
Humane Leader
The Denver Handicap-Centennial
The Jasmine Stakes-Hialeah
Black Darter
The Jersey Belle-Garden State
My Portrait
The Las Flores Stakes-Santa Anita
Bright Holly
The Lawrence Realization-Belmont
The Marguerite Stakes-Pimlico
The Meadowland Handicap-Arlington
The Olympia Handicap-Arlington
Thinking Man
The Queens County Handicap-Aqueduct
Manassa Ruler
The Vosburgh Handicap-Aqueduct
Gyro Place