Miguel Mena topped the North American jockey standings by wins and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for January 3, 2017 – January 8, 2017. 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.
On Friday, Mena won four races by a combined 25 lengths at the Fair Grounds and returned on Saturday to ride three more winners. Mena started off the meet in a similar fashion, winning four races on opening day, November 19, 2016.
Mena adds 12 wins to his 2017 statistics, which total 14 wins in 30 starts. He currently has more wins in 2017 than any North American jockey. He has earned $258,640 to date, placing him second behind Javier Castellano in total earnings in 2017.
With an impressive number of wins in just 25 starts, Mena’s win rate last week was 48%. He finished second in 5 more races for an in-the-money rate of 68%. He was the third leading rider by earnings for the week with $209,440.
The Peruvian native began riding in the United States in 2003. In addition to multiple graded stakes victories, Mena has earned riding titles at Ellis Park and Presque Isle Downs.
In 2015, Mena rode International Star to victory in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, but missed the 2016 running of the Kentucky Derby prep due to a broken wrist suffered in March of 2016. Despite the injury, Mena finished sixth in the jockey standings at the Fair Grounds’ 2015-16 meet. In the 2014-15 meet, his campaign resulted in a three-way tie for second behind James Graham.
Currently, Mena is tied with Florent Geroux for leading rider by wins at the Fair Grounds with 32 victories.
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