Jorge A. Vargas Jr.

Birth Date: November 10, 1994
Birth Place: Caguas, Puerto Rico

2018 822 144 140 108 $5,450,944
CAREER 3,640 613 538 477 $19,535,604
2018 SEASON: Finished as Maryland’s leading rider with 110 wins, unseating Jevian Toledo, who hails from the same hometown in Puerto Rico … began the year by capturing Laurel’s winter-spring meet with 52 wins and $1.77 in purse earnings … dipped to 21 wins at the summer stand but ended strong finishing in a four-way tie for second with 32 wins at the fall stand, to go along with $1.3 million in purse earnings … won the Barbara Fritchie (G2) and What a Summer with Ms Locust Point … other stakes wins came in the Maryland Racing Media (Miss Inclusive), Edward Evans (Sticksstatelydude), Miss Disco (Majestic Reason), Brookmeade (Paulita), Shine Again (Cairenn), Geisha (Victory Rally) and Thirty Eight Go Go (Isotope).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Won a dozen races in Puerto Rico before making his way to the U.S., winning with his first-ever mount, Caymus Girl, March 17, 2013 at Parx … Other than brief stints in New York and California, the latter in the summer of 2014, he remained a mainstay at Parx and Penn National before relocating to Maryland in December 2017 … that month, won the Howard M. Bender Memorial with Struth and the Willa On the Move with Ms Locust Point.
PERSONAL: grandfather, Salvatore Vargas, and father were trainers in Puerto Rico … first got on horses at age 11 or 12 … attended EscuelaVocacionalHipica, Puerto Rico’s famed jockey school, where his classmates included Manny Franco and Maryland’s Victor Carrasco and Jevian Toledo … agent is Scott Silver.