A Grade 1 win on Saturday at Parx and another five win day at Kentucky Downs on Wednesday helped Florent Geroux wrap up the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week award for the week of Sept. 14th through Sept. 20th. This is his second Jockey of the Week honor for the month of September. 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.
When the meets’ leading rider at Kentucky Downs decided to pass on a 13 race card at the grass only course in southern Kentucky you know he must be riding a good thing somewhere else in North America. That turned out to be the case when Geroux took the call aboard I’m a Chatterbox in the $1,000,000 Cotillion Stakes (Gr. 1) at Parx on Saturday.
Geroux found a good stalking spot early on the inside when angling over from post 8, and I’m a Chatterbox was content to rate behind in the early going. Midway on the turn the chestnut filly made a steady advance then collared the leader at the top of the stretch and edged away easily for a comfortable win under Florent.
On Wednesday, at Kentucky Downs, Geroux virtually put the leading rider title under lock and key as he scored his second five-win day of the short meet. The French-born rider won three of his five races with perfectly timed moves to win by a neck or less over the European-style grass course. His 12 winners at Kentucky Downs easily won him the riding title, despite not riding there on Saturday, over second place finisher Joe Rocco who finished with seven wins.
For the week Geroux lead all riders in North America with earnings of $1,149,783. He won ten times from his 31 mounts with four seconds and one third place finish.
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