Sunday, December 20, 2009

Joel Rosario Named Jockey of the Week


Rosario won 12 races overall during the time period, half of them coming on the same card.

The 21-year-old native of the Dominican Republic tied Racing Hall of Fame jockeys Bill

Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay Jr., and Kent Desormeaux for most wins on a single card at

Hollywood Park. He won the second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth races to share

the record.

“I always like my horses,” Rosario said. “You ride your horses. I don’t care if they are 99-

to-1 or even money, we have a chance to win.” Rosario also won the Ifyoucouldseemenow Stakes aboard She’s Funomenal last week. Rosario has won 279 races this year through Tuesday. His most lucrative win of 2009 came aboard Dancing in Silks in the $2-million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) on November 7 at the

Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita Park. He also captured the 2009 springsummer meet at Hollywood as well as the Del Mar meet this year.

“Some people have compared him to a young Laffit Pincay,” said

Rosario’s agent, Vic Stauffer, “and from the three-sixteenths pole

to the wire, he can make a difference with a horse.”