Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rajiv Maragh Jockey of the Week


Rajiv Maragh continued his breakthrough season with two Grade1 victories and led all North American-based jockeys by purse earnings for the week ended October 14.

Maragh won the First Lady Stakes (G1) aboard Diamondrella (GB) on Saturday and

the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1) aboard Negligee on Friday, both at Keeneland Race

Course, en route to purse earnings of $1,011,877 last week.

For the season, Maragh has won seven Grade 1 races and ranks seventh among all

North American-based riders in purse earnings with $10,257,967 through Tuesday.

Born in Jamaica and now residing in Elmont, New York, Maragh, 24, got his start in Florida in 2004 before moving his tack to the New York-area later that year.

He went on to win the apprentice jockey riding title at the Meadowlands in 2004 and was second in the overall riding standings in ’05 and ’06 at the New Jersey track.

Maragh primarily rides the New York circuit, competing at Belmont Park, Aqueduct, and Saratoga Race Course.