Jockey Victor Lebron, who has won 19 races at Churchill Downs in sporadic appearances dating back to 2006, expects to return to the saddle next week at the Louisville racetrack after spending some time working with Horse Power Motor Sports, a car dealership that he opened last year in northern Kentucky and moved to Tampa, Fla.
“It’s been a while since I’ve been up here,” said Lebron, who was winless with four mounts at the 2014 Fall Meet and 1-for-25 during the 2014 September Meet after riding just one horse during last year’s Spring Meet. “Last year I skipped the Churchill meet. I went to Indiana and then went back to Tampa and did well. This year, I did great again at Tampa – can’t complain. Between doing that and taking a little break I am refreshed and ready to rock and roll.”
Lebron, a 30-year-old native of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, finished sixth in the Tampa Bay jockey standings with 33 wins from 227 mounts that earned $480,113.
Between riding and owning his car dealership, Lebron doesn’t fail to keep himself busy. Nevertheless, both jobs don’t overwhelm him much.
“The business takes care of itself,” he said. “I’ve got good people and good employees working for me. They’re trustworthy people and that’s why I’m okay because they can handle that for me and I can handle the horse racing.”
After riding the last week of the Spring Meet, Lebron will ride throughout the Ellis Park meet before returning to Churchill and Keeneland in the fall. Lebron will be represented by agent Nelson Arroyo.
“I rode the Tampa meet in the winter and when it closed I was taking care of dealership stuff,” Lebron said. “This is home for me so I decided to come back home and try to regain that Derby horse.”
Arroyo, who has won riding titles at Ellis Park, Indiana Grand and Turfway Park, is considering taking Lebron and his other jockey Abel Lezcano’s book to southern California for the winter, riding at Los Alamitos and Santa Anita.
“My plan will be to bring him and Abel to Santa Anita,” Arroyo said. “I would like to go to Los Al and from there try to get some business up there. I have good connections out there.”