Back in the saddle and back to his winning ways, Rajiv Maragh was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for December 5 – 11, 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.
On July 10, 2015, Maragh was involved in an incident in a race at Belmont Park that left him with multiple back and rib fractures and a long road to recovery. After nearly 16 months of rehabilitation, the multiple Breeders’ Cup winning jockey returned to the track to ride on opening weekend at Aqueduct.
Several weeks and 26 starts later, he notched his first win since his return in a state-bred claiming race.
Victories continued to slowly trickle in for Maragh, but his breakout day was Saturday, December 10th, when he won four of his seven mounts. His first win on the card was in a maiden special weight event aboard first-time starter Cerretalto, defeating the post-time favorite by over a length.
Maragh won his next race on the card in a claiming event before placing third in another maiden special weight. He followed that up with two more victories, including an allowance win on Ekhlaas for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin and owner Shadwell Stable. Maragh also placed third that afternoon on My Savannah Belle in the Garland of Roses Stakes, won by heavy favorite Paulassilverlining.
Maragh won seven races last week, bringing his total victories since his return to nine, and finished in the money in 64% of his 22 starts. With $268,064 in earnings last week, Maragh was the third leading North American jockey by total earnings. Since his return in November, he has earned $519,144 in 85 starts.
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