Robby Albarado won five races, including two stakes, at the Fair Grounds on Saturday 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, including a vote by the public. They looked at races run from December 15-21.
Overall for the week, Albarado won seven races, with 4 seconds and 5 thirds from 24 starts, earning $182,405. His fans collected an average payoff of $13.11 for a $2 mutuel ticket on each of his seven winning mounts.
Albarado kicked off Saturday with a win in the first race, the $50,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes for 2-year-olds at six furlongs. As the 2-5 favorite, he dueled on the outside of Cinco Charlie into the stretch, and then held off a challenge by Bourbon Cowboy to win by half a length.
Then in the 8th race, the $50,000 Letellier Memorial Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, he came from well off the pace on 7-5 favorite Promise Me Silver and drew away to a 5-length win.
“I looked at the (Daily Racing) Form last night and liked them,” Albarado said of his mounts for the day. “I don’t like to do that to myself and think I’m going to have a big day, but I thought with the right trips I was going to be on five or six live ones.”
Robby Albarado, 41, began riding at the age of 12 at bush tracks in his native Louisiana. He won his first race as a professional at Evangeline Downs in 1990. Despite being sidelines several times by serious injuries, he has won more than 4,600 races, with earnings of $190 million.
One of his biggest breaks came in 2003 when he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup on Horse of the Year Mineshaft.
He received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2004, and on December 8 of that year won his 3,000th race on Isle Of Silver at the Fair Grounds. He won his first Breeders’ Cup race, the Classic in 2007 on Curlin. On May 30, 2009, he notched up his 4,000th career win on Keertana at Churchill Downs. Last month, he recorded his 1,000th Churchill Downs win.
Albarado currently ranks fourth in both wins and earnings at the Fair Grounds. His five wins in a day was a high mark for riders at Fair Grounds during the current meet.
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 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, Turf Publicists of America, and the public consensus.