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Birth Date: September 21, 1965
Birth Place: New Brunswick, New Jersey
2011 SEASON: tied for 18th in the local standings with 31 winners, including 19 during the Laurel Park winter meeting…finished fourth during the Presque Isle Downs meet (May-Sept.).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: won seven of 10 races with Xtra Heat in 2002, including the Grade II Barbara Fritchie and four other graded races…rode the Eclipse Award winner in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint and a third place finish in the Golden Shaheen in Dubai…won 10 stakes races in his inaugural season in Maryland (2001), including five on top sprinter Disco Rico…the biggest win for that duo came on Preakness Day when they won the Grade 3 Maryland Breeders’ Cup…produced 200+ wins five times in his career, including a career-high 314 in 1989 when he was riding in New England… also broke the 200 win barrier in 1996 (205), 1999 (245), 2001 (203) and 2005 (222)…rode in Michigan and New York before moving to New England in the late 80’s…moved to Delaware in 2000 and settled full-time in Maryland from 2001-2003…first win at Hazel Park on October 11, 1983…reached 3,000 plateau aboard Quies at Philadelphia Park on September 13, 2005…regular rider in Philly from 2004-2008.
PERSONAL: first became interested in racing when accompanying his father to Aqueduct…worked as a hot walker, exercise rider before beginning to ride in 1983…agent is Lisa Ciardullo.