Jockey Flavien Prat captured Sunday’s American Stakes (G3) aboard Bal a Bali (BRZ) at Santa Anita and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for May 4 – May 10. 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.
It was the second Grade III victory in less than ten days for the young Frenchman. He broke through with his first graded stakes win on May 2nd at Santa Anita with a win in the $100,000 Precisionist S. with Catch a Flight (ARG) to give top trainer Richard Mandella win number 2,000. Earlier in the card, Prat nearly scored in the Vanity S. (GI)
Mandella, who trained Bal a Bali (BRZ) as well, heaped high praise on his rider after the winner squeezed between horses in the stretch under the guidance of Prat and prevailed by a length to win the American.
“Yes (he had trouble), but he’s a pro,” Mandella said. “He’s run enough times. He knows what he’s doing. Prat is a pro, too.”
Earlier in the card, Prat nearly scored his first Grade I victory in the Vanity S. (GI) aboard another Mandella trainee. Prat couldn’t get the late running Gas Total (BRZ) up in time and was beaten a length by Mike Smith aboard My Sweet Addiction.
Currently the leading rider at Santa Anita, Prat had an incredible win percentage of 42% for the week and was in the money 67% of his mounts. He brought home five wins, two seconds, and one third from twelve starts and earnings of $261,260.
Prat is riding full time in North America now after splitting time between the U.S and Europe since the 2010 season.
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 Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week is selected by a vote of representatives of America’s Best Racing, the Daily Racing Form, Equibase, 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.