Jockey Florent Geroux cruised home aboard Gun Runner in the Gr. 2 Louisiana Derby on Saturday, punching his ticket to the May 7th first leg of the Triple Crown at Churchill Downs. That big win helped Geroux bring home this weeks’ Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week Award. 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.
Geroux captured the jockey title at the Fairgrounds Race Course this week with 87 wins highlighted by stakes wins in the Risen Star and Louisiana Derby aboard Gun Runner.
Gun Runner, who paid $9.80 to win as the third choice in a field of 10, captured 100 points with the win and now sits atop the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. Under Geroux, Gun Runner became the 12th horse to win both Fair Grounds’ Risen Star and Louisiana Derby.
“He’s very easy to manage,” Geroux said. “I can put him exactly where I want him, and he has so many gears. He settled very nicely, and when you ask him to go, he has a very good turn of foot that’s powerful. It’s great (to have a Derby horse). I was in the Derby last year (with Stanford), but my horse was scratched. Hopefully we can make a nice run the first Saturday in May.”
The French-born Geroux is a graduate of the French riding academy Afasec and the son of a former rider and successful trainer. After becoming a leading apprentice there, Geroux was recommended to French-born but American-based trainer Patrick Biancone. He would make his first foray to the United States in early 2007 to gallop and occasionally ride for Biancone. There were some early setbacks, including an injury at Keeneland Racecourse that would send Geroux back to France to ride before returning to the States in 2010.
Geroux finished the week with six wins from 23 mounts, adding three second place finishes and three thirds. His total earnings of $780,470 topped all riders in North America.
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