Sheldon Russell

Birth Date: August 28, 1987
Birth Place: Bossier City, Louisiana

2017 565 86 93 80 $2,815,581
CAREER 7,077 1,162 1,089 1,032 $30,042,154
2017 SEASON: Had another belated start to the year, returning April 21 from a seven-month layoff due to a torn radial collateral ligament in his right thumb … won with his 11th mount back, Pledge of Love, April 29th … ranked third in wins (30) and purse earnings ($957,012) at Laurel’s summer stand, his first full meet since 2015 … finished third in wins (39) and purse earnings ($1.3) at Laurel’s year-ending fall meet … won the All Brandy with Bawlmer Hon.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: Didn’t begin riding 2016 season until July 23 recovering from a torn labrum and fractured shoulder suffered in a training accident at Laurel in November 2015…won total of 11 races at Laurel’s summer and fall meets before a thumb injury ended his season in a fall at Laurel Sept. 24…won the Selima with Happy Mesa for trainer Hamilton Smith … ranked fourth in Maryland with 81 victories in 2015…leading rider at Laurel Park’s winter meet with 43 wins and $1,290,510 in purse earnings…finished in the top 10 in wins at Laurel’s summer stand and the Preakness Meet at Pimlico…won the Maryland Million Ladies Stakes with Monster Sleeping…missed time in the spring after suffering broken ribs and punctured lungs in an April 25 spill at Pimlico…on Jan. 5, won the Nellie Morse Stakes on Star Pearl and the Native Dancer Stakes on Elnaawi…earned his 1,000th career victory March 7 aboard Shayjolie in the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct….finished third in the rider standings at the major Maryland tracks with 93 winners in 2014…rode five stakes winners, including Miss Behaviour in the Miss Preakness Stakes…teamed up with Legendary to win the Japan Racing Association Stakes at Laurel in September and the Knickerbocker Stakes (G3) at Belmont Park in his next start…missed two months with a broken foot which happened during a paddock incident at Arlington Park…topped the standings at the major Maryland tracks in 2011 with 126 winners…won all three meets (Laurel Park winter, Pimlico spring, Laurel fall)…also leading rider at the 2013 Pimlico meet…has been a top five rider in the state since arriving in 2007, including second place finishes in 2012 and 2013..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)…rode Done Talking to a 14th place finish in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) after winning the Illinois Derby (G3)…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…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 two weeks later and missed the remainder of the year…first winner was aboard Prone at Colonial Downs on July 17, 2007…earned the Colonial Downs riding title in 2011 and 2012…first graded victory was aboard Ah Day for King Leatherbury in the 2009 Toboggan Stakes at Aqueduct.
PERSONAL: father Dean was a jockey who rode in England, South Africa and Germany… born in Louisiana but raised in England…after attending a racing school in the U.K. and having a dozen mounts, including his first career win in July 2005 at Catterick, England came to the United States under the tutelage of famed trainer Michael Dickinson at Tapeta Farm in Maryland for more than a year…worked Street Sense at the Palm Meadows Training Center 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.