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Jockey Profiles

Robby Albarado

Place of Birth:
Lafayette. LA

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
26

First Win:
Evangeline Downs 1990


Churchill Downs Highlights:
2008 Stephen Foster on Curlin and hitting a golf ball in the Derby Winner Circle from the Twin Spires

Personal Highlights:
Winning the George Woolf Memorial Award in 2003 and riding Eclipse award winning horses of the year Curlin and Mindshaft

Highlight of Career:
Any Winner's Circle with my children present!


Shawn Bridgmohan

Place of Birth:
Spanish Town, Jamaica

City of Residence:
Goshen, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
20

First Win:
Calder Race Course 1997


Churchill Downs Highlights:
2015 Stephen Foster on Noble Bird and 2nd in the 2014 Kentucky Derby on Commanding Curve

Highlight of Career:
Six wins in one day at Fairgrounds in 2007


Declan Cannon

Place of Birth:
Ireland

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
8

First Win:
Folkstone 2008


Churchill Downs Highlights:
First win in the United States during 2016 Spring Meet aboard Nobadeer

Personal Highlights:
Representing Ireland in France and winning the International Challenge

Highlight of Career:
Riding in the Dubai Duty Free and riding for Sheikh Mishaal Al Maktoum


Jesus Castanon

Place of Birth:
Mexico City

City of Residence:
Shepherdsville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
30

First Win:
Agua Caliente Racetrack 1989


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Winning the 2012 Clark Handicap and leading the 2011 Kentucky Derby up to the last 16th mile aboard Shackleford

Personal Highlights:
Being the leading jockey 3 times in one year at different tracks

Highlight of Career:
Winning the Preakness in 2011 on Shackleford


Florent Geroux

Place of Birth:
Argentan, France

City of Residence:
Louisville, K

# Years as a Jockey:
16

First Win:
Longchamp (France) 2004


Churchill Downs Highlights:
My first Kentucky Derby mount on Gun Runner in 2016

Personal Highlights:
Marrying my wife Kasey and watching the births of my daughters

Highlight of Career:
Winning two Breeders' Cup races in 2015 on Mongolian Saturday and Catch A Glimpse


Jack Gilligan

Place of Birth:
Newmarket, England

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
7

First Win:
Newbury Racecourse 2013


Churchill Downs Highlights:
My first win at track in 2015 riding Eufaula and winning during Derby Week of 2016 aboard Big Blue Spirit

Personal Highlights:
Riding during the the Breeders' Cup weekend and at Del Mar.

Highlight of Career:
Riding a winner during the 2016 Derby Week!


Leandro Goncalves

Place of Birth:
Brazil

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
20

First Win:
Monto Negro, Sao Paulo 1999


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Riding Derby Day in 2013 on Berlino Di Tiger and night racing

Personal Highlights:
My racing career and my family

Highlight of Career:
Winning the 2012 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs on Bourbon Courage


James Graham

Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland

City of Residence:
New Orleans, LA

# Years as a Jockey:
22

First Win:
River Downs 2003


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Riding Karlovy Vary in the 2012 Kentucky Oaks and winning the 2010 Mint Julep on Hot Cha Cha

Personal Highlights:
My wonderful children

Highlight of Career:
My children and my riding career


Brian Hernandez

Place of Birth:
Lafayette, LA

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
13

First Win:
Delta Downs 2003


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Winning the 2013 Stephen Foster on Fort Larned and riding in the 2016 Kentucky Derby on Tom’s Ready

Personal Highlights:
My wedding day to my wife Jamie and the birth of my daughter Joshlyn and my son Benjamin

Highlight of Career:
Winning the 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic


Carlos Hernandez Jr.

Place of Birth:
Carolina, Puerto Rico

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
2

First Win:
Gulfstream Park 2016


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Riding on Kentucky Derby day in 2016

Personal Highlights:
Riding with the best jockeys in the US and when I broke my maiden

Highlight of Career:
Beating Eddie Castro at the wire


Channing Hill

Place of Birth:
Grand Island, NB

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
12

First Win:
Prairie Meadows 2004


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Making it to Churchill Downs and riding in the Eight Belles Stakes

Personal Highlights:
Making it as far as I have and becoming a father

Highlight of Career:
Winning the 2008 Black Eyed Susan aboard Sweet Vendetta because my father had previously


Joseph Johnson

Place of Birth:
Owensboro, KY

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
27

First Win:
Churchill Downs 1989


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Winning my first race at Churchill in 1989 and winning the La Troienne GR I Stakes in 2014 riding On Fire Baby

Personal Highlights:
Marrying my wife and having two healthy children

Highlight of Career:
Winning the 2013 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park aboard On Fire Baby


Chris Landeros

Place of Birth:
San Matea, CA

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
10

First Win:
Turf Paradise 2006


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Winning the 2014 Keertana Stakes aboard Praia and winning the grade III Aristides back to back years aboard Alsvid

Personal Highlights:
Marrying my wife Shelby and moving to Kentucky to ride full time

Highlight of Career:
Getting to the 1,000 milestone of wins


Corey Lanerie

Place of Birth:
Lafayette, LA

City of Residence:
Kentucky

# Years as a Jockey:
25

First Win:
Evangeline Downs 1989


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Leading rider 11 times and riding Mo Tom in my first Kentucky Derby in 2016

Personal Highlights:
Riding in the Kentucky Derby and earning my first riding title at Churchill Downs

Highlight of Career:
2015 GR I Claiborne Futurity on Brody's Cause


Julien Leparoux

Place of Birth:
Senlis, France

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
11

First Win:
Saratoga 2005


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Winning 7 races in one day and riding in the Kentucky Derby

Personal Highlights:
My wedding day and my son's birth

Highlight of Career:
Winning the 2016 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot aboard Tepin


Miquel Mena

Place of Birth:
Lima, Peru

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
13

First Win:
Jockey Club del Peru Hipodromo De Monterrico 2003


Churchill Downs Highlights:
2011 Stephen Foster Handicap aboard Pool Play and the 2012 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes aboard Uncaptured

Personal Highlights:
Becoming a professional Jockey in the United States

Highlight of Career:
Winning the 2011 Stephen Foster GR I and the 2010 Test Stakes Gr I aboard Champagne d'Oro


Didiel Osorio

Place of Birth:
Panama

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
6

First Win:
Panama 2010


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Being at Churchill Downs for Derby and Oaks

Personal Highlights:
Being a jockey and winning races

Highlight of Career:
Being around great people at Churchill Downs and Kentucky


Esequel Rivera

Place of Birth:
Panama City, Panama

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
1

First Win:
Panama 2015


Churchill Downs Highlights:
My first win for Joe Sharp in 2016 aboard Only One Wish and working horses for him

Personal Highlights:
My parents and all my friends

Highlight of Career:
My first win at Churchill Downs in 2016 aboard Only One Wish


Joe Rocco Jr

Place of Birth:
Hollywood, FL

City of Residence:
Louisville, K

# Years as a Jockey:
17

First Win:
Tampa, Florida 1999


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Two time leading Arabian jockey at Churchill Downs

Personal Highlights:
Winning the 2013 Ogden Phipps Handicap on Tiz Miz Sue and winning the 2014 Juddmote Spinster at Keeneland aboard Don't Tell Sophia

Highlight of Career:
Stretch duels with my dad at Delaware and Laurel Park


Ricardo Santana Jr

Place of Birth:
Chorio, Panama

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
5

First Win:
Panama 2009


Churchill Downs Highlights:
2015 September Meet leading rider

Personal Highlights:
2016 Arkansas Derby win on Creator and my Grade II wins

Highlight of Career:
Winning the 2016 Arkansas Derby aboard Creator


Gary Stevens

Place of Birth:
Caldwell, Idaho

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
39

First Win:
Les Bois Park 1979


Churchill Downs Highlights:
My three Kentucky Derby wins (1988, 1995, 1997)

Personal Highlights:
2013 Breeders Cup Distaff and Breeders' Cup Classic

Highlight of Career:
Winning Pacific Classic on Beholder in 2015


Marlon St. Julien

Place of Birth:
Lafayette, LA

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
26

First Win:
Evangeline Downs 1989


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Riding in the Derby in 2000 and the Breeders' Cup in 2011

Personal Highlights:
Riding in the Kentucky Derby and the Breeders' Cup

Highlight of Career:
Leading Rider at Kentucky Downs and being 3rd in the standings at Keeneland, only three wins behind Pat Day.


Francisco Torres

Place of Birth:
San Luis Potosi, Mexico

City of Residence:
Louisville, KY

# Years as a Jockey:
30

First Win:
Hawthorne 1986


Churchill Downs Highlights:
Winning the 1996 Stephen Foster and riding in the Kentucky Derby

Personal Highlights:
Having Joy in my life and my grandchildren

Highlight of Career:
Leading Rider at Arlington Park in 2012


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