With three stakes wins, including the only Grade 1 event of the week, Paco Lopez was chosen as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for June 17-23, 2019. 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. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America’s #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
Paco Lopez was the only North American jockey to win more than one stakes race last week; he picked up wins in three stakes at Monmouth Park. His stakes victories began on Saturday with a win in the $150,000 Eatontown Stakes (G3) with heavy favorite Valedictorian ($3.60) in an easy three-length win.
He returned to the winner’s circle for the feature race and only Grade 1 of the week, the $310,000 United Nations Stakes. Lopez surprised fans and bettors with a win aboard Hunter O’Riley ($30.20), defeating post-time favorite Channel Cat and Bigger Picture, who competed in the race for the fourth time.
He won a third stake on Sunday in the $75,000 Dan Horn Handicap with Golden Brown ($3.80).
With $332,000 earned, Lopez was the leading rider by stakes earnings for the week. He earned $419,853 in total as the second leading rider by total earnings for the week. In 2019, he has earned $2.96 million and has earnings in excess of $88 million in his career to date.
Lopez tied for the third leading rider by wins for the week. He won seven races and finished in the money in half of his 20 starts. Lifetime, he is 2,503 for 12,544 lifetime and has won 72 races in 365 mounts this year.
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