After breaking the track record in the Grade 2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes and earning the riding title for the 2016 Keeneland fall meet, Julien Leparoux was named Shuffle Bean Coffee Jockey of the Week for October 24-30, 2016. 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.
Leparoux was aboard post-time favorite Noble Bird, trained by Mark Casse and owned by John Oxley, in the Grade 2, $200,000 Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday, October 29th. Leparoux and Noble Bird cruised to a 5 ¾ length victory, stopping the clock at 1:47.75 and breaking the track record for 1 1/8 miles.
The win was Leparoux’s fourth stakes win at the 17-day Keeneland fall meet. He led the meet standings with 21 victories and earned his eleventh riding title; only Hall of Famer Pat Day and Don Brumfield have earned more meet titles at the Lexington, Ky track.
Last week, Leparoux was the third leading rider in total earnings, and ranked fifth in stakes earnings. He finished in the money on 58% of his mounts and ended the week with 6 wins, 4 seconds, and 8 third place finishes with total earnings of $367,779.
The two-time Eclipse award winner is ninth among North American jockeys by earnings this year, pushing his total to $10,999,831 in 743 starts in 2016.
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 Shuffle Bean Coffee Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, The Daily Racing Form, Equibase, Horse Racing Nation, 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.