Horacio Karamanos

Birth Date: June 28, 1973
Birth Place: Buenos Aires, Argentina

STATISTICS: STARTS 1st 2nd 3rd MONEY
2017 778 118 105 112 $4,847,063
CAREER 13,110 2,048 1,839 1,879 $52,493,104
2017 SEASON: Ranked second in Maryland with 113 wins … tied for leading rider with seven wins and ranked third with $369,775 in purse earnings at Pimlico’s spring Preakness meet … riding first call for meet-leading trainer Linda Rice, finished second in both wins (56) and purses earned ($1.69 million) at Laurel’s winter-spring stand, including a victory in the Barbara Fritchie (G2) on High Ridge Road … ended fifth in wins (24) and purses ($756,357) over the summer at Laurel … won the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) with Chublicious … rode Recruiting Ready to victory in the Chick Lang on the Preakness (G1) undercard … Also took the Pearl Necklace with I’m Betty G, Native Dancer with Page McKenney, Not For Love with Laki and Harrison E. Johnson Memorial on Rice-trained Matt King Coal … earned 2,000th career win on Father’s Day, June 18, aboard Liquid Aloha at Laurel.
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Maryland’s fourth-leading rider with 98 wins in 2016…ranked in the top seven in all four Maryland meets…was third with 41 wins and $1.43 million in purse earnings at Laurel’s winter-spring stand…also topped $1 million ($1.15) to go along with 32 wins at Laurel fall…regular rider for claimer-turned-millionaire Page McKenney, winning the Native Dancer and General George (G3) and finishing second in the Charles Town Classic (G2)…won three stakes with Lovable Lady (Jameela, Politely, Willa On the Move)…won the Iron Horse (Double Whammy), Canterbury (American Sailor) and Tiara (Marabea) on Claiming Crown Preview Day…Also captured the Thirty Eight Go Go aboard High Ridge Road and Primonetta with Lady Sabelia…finished sixth in the local standings with 79 victories in 2015…ranked in the top seven in all four Maryland meets…best finish came at Laurel fall, when he was fourth in both wins (32) and purse earnings ($1.25 million)…won four stakes aboard Lady Sabelia led by the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2)…also won the What A Summer, Pumpkin Pie and Willa On the Move Stakes…captured the Wide Country Stakes with Gypsy Judy…finished fourth in the local standings with 66 victories in 2014…won the Willa On the Move Stakes aboard Lady Sabelia and captured the Maryland Million Ladies with Bear Access…arrived in Maryland in 2002 and has been a consistent figure in the colony… finished third in the Maryland standings in ’02 with 169 victories…tied for fifth a year later, was sixth in 2004, fourth in 2005 and second in 2007…has four riding titles in the state: 2002 Laurel summer, 2003 Pimlico summer-fall, 2007 Laurel fall and 2010 Pimlico spring…ranked 22nd in North America with 237 winners in 2002…tied a Laurel record by riding seven winners on October 26, 2002…captured his first US riding title at Colonial Downs in 2002 and won six titles there including three straight (2007-09)…won the 2007 Virginia Derby (G2) aboard Red Giant…one of the top riders in Argentina for a decade (with more than 1,500 victories) before moving to south Florida in 2001 where he was eighth in the jockey standings at Calder…first domestic winner was aboard Hallow Connection at Calder in 2001…earned 1,000th domestic winner at Laurel on April 14, 2007 with Royalties…won a pair of races on Maryland Million day in 2009 and 2012…rode 285 winners in his native Argentina from October 2008-March 2010 before returning to Maryland…tied Abel Castellano for the top spot in the colony with eight stakes wins in the state in 2012, including two aboard top sprinter Action Andy (Maryland Million Sprint and Frank J. De Francis Dash)…won 2004 Safely Kept Stakes (G3) at Pimlico aboard Bending Strings.
 
PERSONAL: agent is ex-rider Frank Douglas, a winner of more than 1,200 races from 1981-2003.