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Birth Date: April 01, 1979
Birth Place: Elkton, Maryland
2013 SEASON:ranked ninth in the local standings with 43 victories…rode five stakes winners during the Laurel Park winter meeting, including a pair aboard Walkwithapurpose.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Won 2005 Preakness Stakes (G1) and Belmont Stakes (G1) aboard Afleet Alex…duo finished third in the Kentucky Derby (G1) and finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) a year earlier...the Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Apprentice in 2001…finished fourth in the nation with 312 victories and broke the record for most earnings as an apprentice with over $6.6 million…burst onto the scene at Laurel Park in mid-February winning 40 races in the final six weeks of the meet…finished eighth in the national standings in 2002 with 286 victories, including the Laurel Park winter riding title, where he visited the winners’ circle 86 times, including 50 during his first 30 days as a journeyman…also won the Laurel Park winter titles in 2007 and 2009 and the Pimlico riding crown in 2009…scored five winners at Laurel on March 27, 2002…earned a career-high $9.1 million in 2007.among his 2008 added money wins were the What A Summer on Silmaril as the mare went over the $1 million mark and Tesio with Icabad Crane (the duo then finished third in the Preakness three weeks later)…rode back-to-back winners in the Maryland Million Classic: Sumerset (2001) and Docent (2002) and added a third Classic score aboard Evil Storm in 2007…scored three times on Maryland Million day in 2006…tied for second on the all-time Maryland Million win list (16) with Edgar Prado and Mario Pino, just one behind Ramon Dominguez…won the 2003 Maryland Breeders’ Cup (G3) on the Preakness undercard with Pioneer Boy…captured the 2009 Whitney Handicap (G1) aboard Bullsbay…broke his maiden at Delaware on Daly’s Princess on September 23, 2000…rode his 2,000th winner at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28, 2010 aboard Cherokee Queen.
PERSONAL: finished second in 1998 Pennsylvania State Wrestling Championship at 103 pounds.