Thursday, August 20, 2009

Robby Albarado Jockey of the Week

Robby Albarado Picture

Robby Albarado led all North American jockeys by stakes winners with three for the week ended August 18. Albarado enjoyed a banner day on August 15 at Charles Town Races as he won three stakes, including a half-length score aboard Four Gifts in the $250,000 Charles Town Oaks, the feature race on the card.
Albarado also guided Western Smoke to victory in the Charles Town Juvenile Stakes and Kinsolving to a win in the Miss Shenandoah Stakes during a lucrative trip to the Charles Town, West Virginia, track.

A Lafayette, Louisiana, native who splits his time living in New Orleans and Louisville, Albarado has collected more than 4,000 winners since he began riding professionally in 1990. His 24,526 mounts have amassed $155,789,168 in purse earnings through

August 18.

Albarado is perhaps best known as the regular rider of 2007 and ’08 Horse of the Year Curlin. Albarado guided Curlin to wins in the 2007 Preakness Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (G1) and the ’08 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAEG1). He also was the regular rider of 2003 Horse of the Year Mineshaft. Albarado, 35, has won riding titles at Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Fair Grounds, Keeneland Race Course, and Oaklawn Park. He won the 2004 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, presented annually by Santa Anita Park to honor riders whose careers and personal character reflect positively on the individual and the sport of Thoroughbred racing. The Woolf Award winner is determined by a vote of jockeys nationwide.

Albarado founded the Robby Albarado Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to assist homeless, socially or economically disadvantaged.