Previous jockey James Lopez died Aug. 8 in San Antonio, Texas, from complications of gall bladder surgical treatment and other health and fitness difficulties, according to his mother, Bonnie Lopez. He was 43.
The San Antonio native grew up on the Louisiana and Kentucky racing circuits in which his father, Joe R. Lopez, plied his trade as a jockey. His grandfather, Santos Lopez, was also a Quarter Horse jockey and afterwards a coach.
James Lopez began galloping horses at 12, and then at 16, towards his father’s wishes, quit college and took out his jockey’s license. He rode his to