Julien Leparoux brought home seven winners at Kentucky Downns to be named the Jockeys Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races run from September 8-14.
Leparoux won three races on both Wednesday and Saturday to strengthen his lead in the Kentucky Downs standings in both wins and earnings. In all, he had seven wins, six seconds and four thirds in 22 starts for earnings of $526,738. The average payoff on his seven winning mounts was $7.26.
Leparoux grew up in a racing family in France, the son of a jockey turned assistant trainer. He worked as a stablehand at Chantilly Racecourse before moving to California in 2003 to work as an exercise rider for Patrick Biancone.
He began his professional riding career two years later, winning for the first time at Saratoga on Ball Four. The next year, he topped the standings at Turfway Park, the Churchill Downs spring/summer meet, and Keeneland’s spring meet.
He was the nation’s leading jockey in 2006 with 403 wins. That figure, plus earnings of $12,491,316 were the most ever in a single season by an apprentice jockey.
He tied Pat Day’s record of seven winners on a single race card at Churchill Downs in 2008. And in 2009, he became only the second rider to win three Breeders’ Cup races in a single year.
Leparoux won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2009.
His mounts have won over $5 million this year.
JockeyTalk360.com spotlights the riders across North America and around the world who may be the bravest, toughest and most accomplished of all athletes. The Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, the Jockeys’ Guild, the Paulick Report, the Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America.