It was just like riding a bike for jockey Florent Geroux , who took up where he left off last season at Kentucky Downs with five wins on the Saturday card. That effort helped him unanimously win the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for the extended holiday session that ran from August 31st – September 7th. 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.
His five victories were highlighted by three stakes wins in a row including an impressive performance in the More Than Ready Mile aboard Tourist. He kicked off the stakes winning triple with a heady ride aboard Ruthless Quality for trainer Eoin Harty, who drew in off the also-eligible list. Geroux’s original mount didn’t make the field for the Encore Juvenile Fillies Stakes so he was more than happy to offer his services.
Geroux was quickly back in the winners’ circle for the $300,000 Calumet Farm Juvenile Stakes with Cajun Schill. He rated that mount early and then asked the son of Artie Schiller for his best at the top of the long stretch finishing with a well-timed move that wore down a field of nice two-year-olds.
Geroux made it three straight and five on the card when he cruised to victory in the More Than Ready Mile presented by Winstar Farm. The Bill Mott trainee made it look all too easy as he drew away to win by three despite a strong bid from multiple stakes winning Undrafted.
Geroux won four races from 15 mounts at Kentucky Downs in 2014. He eclipsed that total on opening day this year with those five wins on Saturday.
For the week Geroux had six winners, three seconds, and one third from 13 starts with earnings of $742,108.
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