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Birth Date: August 28, 1987
Birth Place: Bossier City, Louisiana
2012 SEASON: finished second in the rider standings at the major Maryland tracks with 121 winners…won all the Laurel Park winter title…rode Done Talking to a 14th place finish in the Kentucky Derby (G1) after winning the Illinois Derby (G3)…guided Eighttofasttocatch to two stakes victories…had seven three-win afternoons in Maryland during the year…won the riding title at Colonial Downs for the second straight summer…set new career-high in earnings ($4.7 million), where he finished in 43rd place…his 186 victories ranked 31st in North America.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: topped the standings at the major Maryland tracks in 2011 with 126 winners…won all three meets (Laurel Park winter, Pimlico spring, Laurel fall)…led the colony with 10 stakes wins…guided Eighttofasttocatch to three stakes victories in 2011, including the Maryland Million Classic…aboard Concealed Identity for two stakes scores and a 10th place finish in the Preakness Stakes (G1)…matched a career-high by riding five winners on March 24, 2011…won three races on the 2010 Maryland Million card: Regal Solo (Classic), Jack On The Rocks (Sprint) and Blind Date (Distaff)…missed last two months of ’10 with broken ribs but still finished sixth in the final standings…ranked fourth in the 2008 local standings with 68 victories…captured his first career riding title by winning the 2008 Laurel fall meet…missed four months of action during spring 2008 with a fractured vertebrae and broken wrist injuries…won 26 races during the first five weeks of the 2007 Laurel fall meet, including a career-high five races at on October 4 but fractured vertebrae during a spill on Oct. 20 and missed the remainder of the year…first domestic winner was aboard Prone at Colonial Downs on July 17, 2007.
PERSONAL: father Dean was a jockey who rode in England, South Africa and Germany… born in Louisiana but raised in New Market, England…after attending a racing school in England and having a dozen mounts, including his first career win in July 2005 at Catterick, England came to the U.S. under the tutelage of famed trainer Michael Dickinson at Tapeta Farm in Maryland…worked Street Sense in Florida and was a guest of assistant trainer Ian Wilkes at Churchill Downs when the colt won the 2007 Kentucky Derby…agent is Marty Leonard.