Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lezcano Named Jockey of the Week


Jose Lezcano won a pair of graded stakes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and led all North American jockeys by purse earnings for the week ended December 2.

Lezcano amassed $406,830 during the time period, boosted by victories in the Remsen Stakes (G2) and Fall Highweight Handicap (G3).

Lezcano rode Cherokee Country to victory in the Fall Highweight on November 26 at Aqueduct then followed with a 4¾-length romp aboard Buddy’s Saint in the Remsen two days later at the Jamaica, New York, track.

Lezcano and Buddy’s Saint partnered to win the Nashua Stakes (G2) by a visually impressive 12 lengths earlier in November.

The 24-year-old rider is enjoying one of his best seasons to date. Through Monday, Lezcano has won 27 stakes, including 11 graded stakes.

Born in Panama and now living in Plantation, Florida, Lezcano started his U.S. riding career at Gulfstream Park before becoming a mainstay at the Meadowlands. Lezcano won the 2006 riding title at the Meadowlands and Tampa Bay Downs.

In 2008, Lescano won riding titles at Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands. He also captured the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf aboard Maram.