Alfredo Juarez Jr. won four stakes at Zia Park on Sunday to be named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races run from October 20-26.
Overall, Juarez won 8 races, with 4 seconds and 3 thirds from 26 starts, earning $485,744. His fans collected an average of $9.55 on $2 mutuel tickets for his eight winning mounts.
Juarez kicked off his winning run Sunday in the New Mexico Classic Cup Filly as Zia Park celebrated New Mexico-breds with a $2 million card. He rode Little Vidalia to a 2 1/4-length win as the odds-on favorite.
In the New Mexico Classic Cup Juvenile Fillies, he teamed up with Twixy Roll to win by nearly three lengths, as the favorite again.
He was odds-on with Proceed in the New Mexico Classic Cup Championship Colts & Geldings, again winning by more than two lengths.
In the feature race, the $180,000-added Rocky Gulch New Mexico Classic Cup Championsihp, he and That’s Who lined up as the 8-5 favorites and got home three-quarters of a length on the lead.
Juarez, 38, began riding in 1992 at Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City. The veteran rider’s first win in the U.S. came in 1996 at the Downs at Albuquerque. He won his 2,000th Thoroughbred race in September 2013 at Zia Park.
His biggest career wins include the Grade III Hawthorne Derby in 2000 with Rumsontheriver, the Grade III National Jockey Club Handicap with Chicago Six in 2001, and the Grade III Dallas Turf Cup with Trial By Jury in 2006.
He also rode War Emblem to victory in a maiden special weight and an allowance before that horse went on to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in 2002.
Juarez is currently on top of the jockey standings at Zia Park.
JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America.