Five stakes wins including an upset victory in the Grade 1 $448,515 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park on October 10th has propelled Jockey Ricky Ramirez to another riding accomplishment. He was named the AQHA/JockeyTalk360.com Jockey of the Month for October. His unanimous win this month makes him the first Quarter Horse jockey to be voted the award for a second time this year. The award is voted on by a panel of Quarter Horse racing experts for riding accomplishments and achievements for the previous month of racing.
For jockey Ricky Ramirez, it was his second trip to the winners circle for the night leading to a graded stakes double. After winning the previous race, the Grade 2 $194,100 Dash for Cash Derby aboard Bodacious Eagle, Ricky returned for another win picture after piloting Famous Little Reba to victory in the Dash for Cash Futurity.
The 400 yard Futurity contest ended in a three-way photo with Ferrari Gt and She Looks Racy, but clearly showed Famous Little Reba the victor by a nose. Famous Little Reba paid $18.20 for the win. This was also the second win in the Grade 1, Dash for Cash Futurity for both Ricky Ramirez and owner Johnny Trotter. They won the race with Dynastys First Call in 2013. Ramirez won both graded races at Lone Star for the same connections, trainer Gilbert Aguirre III and owner Johnny Trotter.
Growing up in Odessa, Texas, the now 30 year-old Ramirez cut his teeth in the early days at the match race track in his hometown. Born with a smaller stature that leaned heavily towards the perfect makeup for the building of an elite level jockey, there wasn’t a day in Ramirez memory that doesn’t include something related to an equine pursuit.
“My father did a little bit of racing riding back in his native Mexico as a younger man,” said Ramirez. “He would ride some on his father’s horses from time to time, and it seemed that since my birth that I cannot remember a day when my father himself didn’t have horses in our backyard. To be a jockey is all that I ever wanted to do. I can’t remember ever wanting to do anything beside ride racehorses for a living.
“We did make several trips to see the All American in Ruidoso when I was a child and as a teenager,” said Ramirez. “I got a chance to see all of these riders I had always heard about, like G.R. Carter, Jacky Martin, and Jerry Nicodemus. Seeing them ride, and see them win would just inspire me to follow my dream of becoming a jockey even more.”
For the month Ricky posted a sizzling 43% win percentage with 17 winners from his 40 starters. He was second in total wins for the month and led all riders in earnings with $380,402.