Jockey C.J. McMahon continued to rack up wins this week in the Lone Star state. He won with ten of his 18 mounts and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 8th – June 14th. 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.
On Friday June 12th, McMahon did something he rarely does…. not win a race on a night he rides during the current Lone Star Park meeting. He lost with all three of his calls but the 20 year old quickly bounced back and scored ten wins over the next two evenings. McMahon had back to back “five-baggers” and increased his lead to 38 wins over the riders that are chasing him.
As if the ten wins weren’t enough to impress observers of Texas racing this week, he was almost flawless in hitting the board with his 18 mounts. He returned tote dividends with 17 of those 18 runners to return a staggering in the money percentage of 94%.
McMahon, is the son of Charles “Dink” McMahon, a Quarter Horse jockey who has ridden competitively for 35 years and is still active at Delta Downs, and Sandra McMahon, who has worked extensively in the Quarter Horse industry in Louisiana. His racing role model is fellow Louisiana native Robby Albarado and his long term goal is to win the Kentucky Derby. As for now, the shorter term goal of a riding title at Lone Star Park is clearly in sight after another impressive week for the young rising star.
For the week McMahon was 10 – 2 – 5 from 18 mounts and earnings of $97,504.