Florent Geroux
Jockey Bios

Florent Geroux

Born: July 16, 1986 in Argentan, Normandy, France

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 102

Stakes Wins: 18

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2014 Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Work All Week

First Stakes Win: 2010 Leemat Stakes at Presque Isle Downs on Zoeling

First Graded Stakes Win: 2010 Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington Park on Dade Babe

First Career Win: (In France) May 6, 2004, at Longchamp on Chopyluz

At Keeneland


Won three stakes during the 2018 Fall Meet:Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Golden Mischief, Hagyard Fayette (G2) on Leofric and Rood & Riddle Dowager (G3) on Vexatious. 

Leading rider during the 2018 Spring Meet with 20 wins.

Rode Monomoy Girl to win the 2018 Central Bank Ashland (G1) during the Spring Meet.

2017 stakes wins were the Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on Lovely Bernadatte during the Fall Meet and the Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association on La Coronel during the Spring Meet.

During the 2016 Fall Meet, won the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on I'm a Chatterbox, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on Keep Quiet (FR) and JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on La Coronel.

During the 2016 Spring Meet, won the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) on Da Big Hoss and the Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association on 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse

Won three races on Oct. 17, 2015, during the Fall Meet, including the Lexus Raven Run (G2) aboard Sarah Sis. 

Won the 2015 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) Presented by Lane's End on Her Emmynency.

First Keeneland win came during the 2008 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2014 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G3) on Work All Week.

Career


Breeders’ Cup wins (5): 2014 Sprint on Work All Week; 2015 Juvenile Fillies Turf on Catch a Glimpse and Turf Sprint on Mongolian Saturday; 2017 Classic on Gun Runner and 2018 Distaff on Monomoy Girl.

North American career earnings exceed $80 million with 1,351 wins through Dec. 3, 2018. Rode Horse of the Year Gun Runner to win the $16.3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) on Jan. 27, 2018, at Gulfstream Park in the colt's final race.

2017 earnings were $14,418,901 with 177 wins, including the Stephen Foster (G1), Whitney (G1), Woodward Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Gun Runner.

2016 earnings were a career-best $17,683,851 with 217 wins, including the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) at Keeneland and Delaware Handicap (G1) on I’m a Chatterbox; Clark (G1) on Gun Runner; E.P. Taylor (G1) on Al's Gal; and four graded stakes at Arlington on Aug. 13: Beverly D (G1), Secretariat (G1), American St. Leger (G3) and Pucker Up (G3).

Scored 1,000th career victory on Dec. 29, 2016, when he rode Mr. Misunderstood to win the second race at Fair Grounds.

2015 earnings were $10,233,677 with 175 wins. In addition to his two Breeders’ Cup wins, he won the Arlington Million (G1) on The Pizza Man and Cotillion (G1) with I’m a Chatterbox.

Had two three-stakes wins days in 2015. On Feb. 21 at Fair Grounds: Rachel Alexandra (G3) on I’m a Chatterbox, Fair Grounds Handicap (G3) on Chocolate Ride and Bayou on Eden Prairie. On Sept. 5 at Kentucky Downs: Calumet Farm Juvenile on Cajun Schill, Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies on Ruthless Quality and More Than Ready Mile on Tourist.

Background


Florent’s father, Dominique Geroux, was a jockey and trainer. Florent was 13 when he entered a jockey school in his native France and at 17 began race riding. He was the leading apprentice in France in 2005.

He moved to California in 2007 as an apprentice and exercised horses and rode a few runners for trainer Patrick Biancone. But visa problems and two serious injuries forced him to leave. He went to Ireland and worked at Coolmore Stud for six months. His visa problems were resolved, and he returned to the U.S. in 2008.