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Jockey Julien Leparoux won at least one race at three different racetracks last week capping things off with a Grade 1 victory aboard Tepin at Woodbine Racecourse Saturday on his way to capturing the Shuffle Bean Coffee Jockey of the Week award for Spetember 12-18. 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.
After winning the final race of the five-day meeting at Kentucky Downs on Thursday, Leparoux was quickly in the winner’s circle on opening day at the Churchill Downs Fall meet when he notched an allowance win in the 9th race of the day. He then had a date with Female Turf Champion Tepin at Woodbine racecourse on Saturday.
The pair would not disappoint when winning the $1,000,000 Gr.1 Woodbine Mile. Leparoux guided home Tepin under mild left-handed urging as she flaunted her class in deep stretch as she refused to be passed, hitting the wire a neck in front of longshot Tower of Texas.
“I thought we had it,” Leparoux said. “But she had been off for three months and no matter how many times you breeze her, a race is a race and that’s how you get fit. Today we won but it was also a race to get her ready for Breeders’ Cup. We knew on paper there was not too much pace but I also knew they weren’t going to take it too easy. She ran great.”
The French-born jockey also won the $300,000 Gr. 2 Canadian Stakes earlier on the card which set a handle record for a Woodbine Mile race day with over nine million wagered from all sources.
For the week Leparoux won 31 percent of his races going four for 13 while topping all North American riders in earnings with a total of $748,956.
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 Shuffle Bean Coffee 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