By Marietta Henry
“A dream does not come true through magic; it involves sweat, determination and hard work. This is the quotation that Marquistos “Mark” Jasso lives by, and I’m featuring him this week.
Mark’s family is originally from Obregon Sonora, Mexico. Jasso was born in Phoenix, and considers Arizona his home state.
Prior to horseracing, he initially competed in Motocross.
His stepfather got Mark into the horse racing business.
Kevin Carbajal is a jockey and close friend of Mark’s who has always been there for him, along with Ramone Sanchez, Raul Valenzuela and Rudy Arivzu. But he credits John Allred, Trainer, as someone who opened doors for him to elevate his career. He says, “I thank John from the bottom of my heart for everything he has done for me.”
Mark’s first win came at Turf Paradise in Arizona and the purse was $5,200, and was an Allowance Race.
During Ely’s horse meet in 2015, Mark was riding a horse coming into the first turn and his horse wouldn’t break, and his horse hit and went over the railing, and then hit a car. During this accident, he broke his left thumb, which required two surgeries. The horse didn’t inflict any injuries as a result of the accident.
Besides racing in Nevada, he has raced in New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.
In 2018 and 2019, Mark was the Leading Jockey of the Meet in Arizona.
His greatest joy is having his little 5-year old boy watch him race.
Mark’s final comments to share with everyone are, “Go for your Dreams”.
Happy Trails to you, and hope to see you at the races this year!