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Birth Date: September 08, 1961
Birth Place: West Grove, Pennsylvania
2011 SEASON: tied for 15th in the standings with 33 winners, including a victory with Glib in the Maryland Juvenile Championship…that win tied Larry Snyder for 12th on the all-time North American win list with 6,388…also passed Carl Gambardella and Hall of Famer Eddie Delahoussaye during the year...finished sixth during the Presque Isle Downs meet (May-Sept).
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: winningest jockey at the Maryland tracks with 4,939 victories at Laurel, Pimlico, Bowie and Timonium through 2011…became the 15th jockey in North America to win 6,000 races when he rode Pass Play, a horse trained by his brother, to victory at Laurel on November 7, 2007…has surpassed 200 wins 12 times in his career…ranked in the top five of the Maryland standings every year from 1979 through 2003…ranked in the top 10 nationally for four consecutive years beginning in 1999…top rider in Maryland in 1999 (247 wins) and 2002 (227 victories)…regular rider for Hard Spun, who finished second in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic and third in the Preakness Stakes…the duo teamed to win the Grade I Kings Bishop at Saratoga…won the 2002 Pimlico spring meet 22 years after his last riding title at Old Hilltop…two other Preakness mounts: Escambia Bay (1981) and Menacing Dennis (2002)…in a second place tie with Edgar Prado with 16 victories on Maryland Million Day… earned the first Grade I victory of his career when Wildcat Bettie B roared to victory in the 2006 Prioress at Belmont Park…has three victories in the Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap (1992, 1995 & 1999)…won a career-best seven races at Colonial Downs on July 7, 2002… scored six times in Maryland on May 11, 2002 and October 25, 2003…runner-up for the 1979 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice…won his first race aboard Ed’s Desire on January 16, 1979 at Bowie Race Course… became the 18th rider in history to win 5,000 races and did it on his 41st birthday, riding Outdone to victory on the grass at Delaware Park…finalist for the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award given to the jockey whose career and personal character reflect positively on the sport in 2003, 2007 and 2008…earned a career-best $7.9 million in 2007.
PERSONAL: father-in-law is trainer Luigi Gino…jockey Alberto Delgado and former rider Mark Rosenthal are brothers-in-law….brother Michael is a Delaware-based trainer…agent is Marty Leonard.