Jockey Kerwin Clark captured Friday’s Kentucky Oaks aboard Lovely Maria continuing his impressive comeback story and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for April 27 – May 3. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Clark was perfect for the week with one win in one mount and Lovely Maria earned $570,400.
At age 55, Clark is enjoying a career year in 2015, with $2,275,196 in mount earnings. This year, his handling of Lovely Maria in two Grade 1 stakes wins has been the highlight, but he has provided solid overall riding with 29 wins and 27 seconds in 188 mounts. Many of those mounts have been for trainer Larry Jones and his strong stable.
Nicknamed “Boo Boo” as a child by his grandfather, Clark began his career at Evangeline Downs in 1975. The native of Lafayette, Louisiana has enjoyed a solid journeyman career with more than 2,900 wins and $50 million in earnings.
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