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Eduardo Diaz and FHBPA Office Manager Iris Cotto.

Eduardo Diaz and Go Astray

Eduardo Diaz was born and raised in Mexico. Growing up, his family had a small horse that he would walk and feed. That was the extent of his equine training before arriving in the United States 10 years ago.

But when his brothers brought him to work the stables at Calder, he found he had a knack for grooming. After working with several trainers, he was hired by Angel Rodriguez in 2016.

“I’m very grateful to Angel for picking me,” Diaz said in Spanish. “Everyone on the team is great.”

Rodriguez was a jockey in his native Chile. He came the U.S. in 2000 and found success as a trainer. He and Diaz worked together briefly in the past before reconnecting last year.

“He’s always been a good, responsible kid,” Rodriguez said of Diaz. “And he has some luck for winning races. That carries a lot of value around here.”