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Donna has interviewed a few jockeys over the years through her work in broadcasting, and when she conducts an interview, she makes sure she’s prepared.  She offers her notes here as a free resource to the media, fans and more, as well as a link to each of these jockeys’ Equibase stats to help you with your research!

Robby Albarado

He began riding at the age of 10 and progressed to riding at bush tracks in his native Louisiana… 

Junior Alvarado

Won his first race in the U.S. in February 2007. 2016 was his Kentucky Derby debut… 

Norberto Arroyo, Jr.

Started his career riding in New York in 1999. Went through some tumultuous years… 

Tyler Baze

Comes from a riding family. Father Earl and mother, Cammie Hunt (maiden name), were… 

Rafael Bejarano

Only member of his family to be involved with horse racing. Attended races with his…

Adam Beschizza

Pronounced “Biscuit-za”. 25 years old in March 2018. Father, Paul Beschizza, is an exercise…

Brice Blanc

Attended Jockey School in France and moved to the U.S. in 1993… 

Calvin Borel

Has been riding horses from his earliest memory. At 8 years old started riding match races…

Joe Bravo

Bravo’s grandfather Bartolo and father George were also jockeys. At age 13, Bravo was riding…

Shaun Bridgmohan

 Eclipse Award winning apprentice rider of 1998. Won his 3,000 career race on…

Kendrick Carmouche

Father, Sylvester Carmouche, was a jockey and Kendrick’s Mother was his agent…

Javier Castellano

Born and raised in Venezuela, Javier’s father, Abel Castellano (deceased), was a jockey… 

Kerwin Clark

58 years old in 2018 but can’t find birth date. From: St. Bernard Parish, LA. He…

Luis Contreras

Rides at Woodbine but went to Japan in the winter (2015—’16) but was suspended for a…

Angel Cruz

Began riding in 2014 and was an Eclipse Award finalist for leading U.S. apprentice that…

Dylan Davis

Dylan Davis is the son of the now retired but once top jockey on the New York circuit…

Fernando De La Cruz

First came to the USA from Peru in 2007 and went directly to Indiana. He’s been in the…

Kent Desormeaux

Precocious—began riding in 1986 at age 16 and in 1987 won the Eclipse Award for…

“Frankie” Lanfranco Dettori

He is the son of Gianfranco Dettori, 13 times champion jockey in Italy; mother was a…

Sophie Doyle

Grew up in England in the small village of Eastbury about two miles from Lambourn which…

Stewart Elliott

Father was a jockey. Won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2004 on Smarty…

Asa Espinoza

18 years old on 2/23/2018 when he won his career first race. He’s the nephew of HOF jockey…

Victor Espinoza

Born on a dairy farm in Hidalgo, Mexico, the 11th of 12 children. He grew up riding horses and…

Manuel Franco

He grew up in Puerto Rico and was passionate about baseball and dreamed only of…

Kyle Frey

Pronounced: Fray. Eclipse award winning Champion apprentice of 2011. Frey’s grandfather, Paul…

Tyler Gaffalione

Eclipse Award winning apprentice rider in 2015. Father and grandfather were…

Martin Garcia

Grew up in a very poor area of Mexico and was abandoned by his 14 year old…

Florent Geroux

Father, Dominique Geroux, was a jockey and trainer. Dominique passed away December…

Jack Gilligan

21 yrs. old in fall, 2016. Grew up in England, son of a trainer. Visited the U.S. in 2012 in an…

Santiago Gonzalez

He may not speak much English, but jockey Santiago Gonzalez’ perennially smiling face…

Aaron Gryder

Growing up fifteen minutes away from Santa Anita, as a boy Gryder had no contact with…

Mario Gutierrez

Mario grew up on a farm in the small town of El Higo in the state of Veracruz in the south…

Steve Hamilton

“Cowboy Steve”, 43 years old (in 2017). Came back to riding after a 10 year absence and having…

Seamus “Seamie” Heffernen

Began riding in Ireland in 1994. Has been riding for Aiden O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable…

Carlos Hernandez

While he did attend Puerto Rico’s jockey school, the same school that produced…

Harry Hernandez

Went to jockey school in Puerto Rico: Escuela Vocacional Hipica, graduating in the same class as…

Rafael Hernandez

The Puerto Rico native first learned about racing as a 16-year-old back when he was…

Jacqueline (Rose) Higgins

Born: July 1, 1984. From: East Liverpool, Ohio. Married to Kent Desormeaux…

Emisael Jaramillo

39 years old from Venezuela where he is their all-time leading rider and won Venezuela’s…

Nik Juarez

23 (in 2017), father, Calixto, and grandfather (mother’s side) were both jockeys. Nik is from…

Chris Landeros

Father, Manuel Landeros, is a horse trainer. Left school early—got his GED—to begin riding…

Corey Lanerie

Racing is in Lanerie’s blood: His grandfather was a trainer who also had some horses, and his…

Julien Leparoux

The son of former jockey-turned-trainer Robert Leparoux, he grew up around…

Abel Lezcano

Born: May 6, 1990. From: Darie, Panama….

Jose Lezcano

Born: April 20, 1985. From: Chiriqui, Panama…

Edwin Maldonado

Began riding in 2005. Riding in Southern CA since 2010. Missed the last few months of 2016…

Rajiv Maragh

Originally from Jamaica, his family moved to Florida when Rajiv was 13. His father, Collin…

Trevor McCarthy

Father, Mike McCarthy was a jockey (also in MD). Mike never had an opportunity to ride in a…

CJ McMahon

22 years old (in 2017). Grew up in rural Louisiana, galloping horses by the time he was…

Ryan Moore

Born: Sept. 18, 1983. From: Brighton, United Kingdom. Currently resides in…

Corey Nakatani

Born and raised in Southern California. Corey was a champion high school…

Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Grandfather, uncle and brother were and/or are all jockeys. Attended Escuela Vocacional…

Jose Ortiz

Grandfather, uncle and brother were and/or are all jockeys. Attended Escuela Vocacional…

Martin Pedroza

Has been riding for 35 years (began in 1982). Career has been beset by several…

Edgar Prado

Originally from Peru but his big break came in 1997 when he won 536 races, making him the…

Flavien Prat

Prat, whose first victory at racing’s highest level came in his native France aboard…

Alonso Quinonez

Born: November 13, 1983. From: Sinaloa, Mexico. Older brother, Luis Quinonez, is also…

Luis Reyes

Grew up in Puerto Rico and rode there briefly before shifting his tack to New York in Jan. 2017…

Evin Roman

Pronounced Ro-MON. Puerto Rico native Evin Roman rode in his first race in January…

Joel Rosario

Grew up on a farm near Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, that had horses and donkeys…

Jeremy Rose

Born: April 1, 1979. From: Bellefonte, PA. Rode Afleet Alex to victories in the 2005…

Luis Saez

Grew up in Panama listening to horse race calls on the radio. Younger brother Juan Saez…

Sebastian Saez

Older brother, Luis Saez, riding in New York. His other older brother, Juan Saez (between…

Ricardo Santana, Jr.

Santana’s father, was one of the top jockeys in Panama. Paralyzed from the waist down in…

Mike Smith

Mike’s father was a jockey and Mike grew up wanting to be one too. It was when Mike was 7…

Christophe Soumillon

Moved to France at age 14 and lived the rest of his childhood there. Mother is Belgian…

Gary Stevens

Family: Wife, Angie Athayde-Stevens; Daughter, Madison from this marriage…

Joe Talamo

Began going to the Fair Grounds at age seven with his father, Joseph Jr., who worked as an…

Jamie Theriot

Born: Jan. 30,1979. From: Amaudville, LA….

Elvis Trujillo

From: Panama. Came to the U.S. in 2001…

Daniel “Danny” Tudhope

Tudhope grew up in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland. He had no family connection with racing…

Jose Valdivia

Born: Dec. 8, 1974. From: Lima, Peru….

Drayden Van Dyke

Family: Single. Lived his early years in Hot Springs, AR, near Oaklawn Park with his…

Jorge Vargas, Jr

A native of Puerto Rico, Vargas was raised around the racetrack, the son and grandson of…

Ramon Vazquez

He’s 30 years old and grew up in Puerto Rico where he went to Jockey School. His father and…

John R. Velazquez

Began his riding career when he entered jockey school in Puerto Rico in June 1988 and was…

Emma Jayne Wilson

Canadian native, she was named champion apprentice rider in both the U.S. and Canada…

Edgard Zayas

24 yrs. old 2017 B. Cup. Grew up minutes away from the racetrack near his hometown…

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