Luis Contreras crammed a 5-win day, a 4-win day and a Grade II stakes win into a single week 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 November 3-9.
Overall, Contreras won 12 races, with 4 seconds and 4 thirds from 29 starts for earnings of $410,285. The average $2 win mutuel for his 12 winning mounts was $7.41.
On Wednesday, the 28-year-old jockey won four races at Woodbine. On Sunday, he won five, including the Grade II Autumn Stakes with the 6-5 favorite, Lukes Alley.
“I wanted to stay close and not let my horse do too much at the end, but I was a little bit stuck in the last turn and had to wait to angle outside,” said Contreras. “I knew my horse was going to give everything he had.”
“All the horses were running (down the lane), but my horse had a little bit more than the rest,” he added. “All the credit goes to the horse and (trainer) Josie (Carroll) who brought the horse over really sharp to win this race.”
Contreras began riding at age 16 in his native Mexico and enjoyed great success there from 2002-2006, including four consecutive campaigns of 100-plus wins. He won his first North American race with Flyinsin at Golden Gate Fields in 2007. Later that year, he won his first stakes race with North Beach in the Miss America at Golden Gate. His first graded stakes win came in March 2008 with Autism Awareness in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby.
Winning multiple races in one day is nothing new to Contreras who became the first jockey in 13 years to win six races on a single card at Woodbine on August 7, 2011.
That year, he also became the first jockey in history to win a personal Canadian Triple Crown: he won the Queen’s Plate on Inglorious and the Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes on Pender Harbour. He also won the Woodbine Oaks and La Lorgnette aboard Inglorious.
He notched up his 1,000th win in North America on July 1, 2013 at Woodbine, booting home Ifimlyinimdyin.
Contreras currently ranks first in wins and second in earnings at Woodbine.
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