Born in Mexico, Francisco moved with his family to the Chicago area when he was just two years old. His brothers Javier and Ramiro both work in the racing industry as well. Francisco rode with a great deal of success in the Chicago area through much of the 1980s and 1990s. In 2000, he went to the middle east to ride under contract for Abdullah binAbdulaziz al-Saud, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He rode there for about four years and estimates that he won about 500 races there. After returning to the United States, he portrayed rider Braulio Baeza in a madefor TV movie "Ruffian" which chronicled the ill-fated filly. Included among "Cisco's" top wins are victories in the 2000 Grade II Spiral Stakes with Globalize, the 1996 Grade II Stephen Foster Handicap with Tenants Harbor and the 2010 Grade II American Derby aboard Workin for Hops.