From Royal Ascot to Churchill Downs to Woodbine, Julian Leparoux continued his international hot riding streak with a victory in Sunday’s Queen’s Plate and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week from June 27 – July 4. 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.
At Woodbine, Leparoux guided longshot Sir Dudley Digges for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey to a half-length victory in the 157th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate. Over the last 30 days, the native of France has enjoyed international success highlighted by Tepin’s victory in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot where she bested some of Europe’s top milers on June 14th.
Leparoux captured three stakes last week including back-to-back added money wins at Churchill Downs on Saturday night when he won the Debutante aboard Pretty City Dancer and the Bashford Manor on Classic Empire. Both two-year-olds were trained by Mark Casse and owned by John Oxley. Leparoux finished an outstanding Churchill Downs meeting in second place with 42 wins.
For the holiday week, Leparoux was the leading jockey in earnings with $750,436 from a record of 32 – 5 – 5 – 2. A two-time Eclipse Award winner, Leparoux is tied with fellow Frenchman Florent Geroux in 2016 graded stakes with 15 and is ranked 6th overall with mount earnings of $6,648,479.
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