Junior Alvarado
Jockey Bios

Junior Alvarado

Born: May 20, 1986 in Venezuela

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 16

Stakes Wins: 3

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2010 Beverly D. at Arlington on Éclair de Lune (GER)

First Stakes Win: 2007 Capital Request at Calder on Annabill

First Graded Stakes Win: 2009 Arlington-Washington Lassie (G3) at Arlington on She Be Wild

First Career Win: 2007 (North America)

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass





Classy Class


At Keeneland

Rode Quidura (GB) to win the 2016 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) during the Fall Meet.

First win at Keeneland came during the 2009 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2015 Madison (G1) on Princess Violet during the Spring Meet.

Rode Harmonize to win the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) during the 2015 Fall Meet.


North American career earnings exceed $68 million with 1,341 wins through January 30, 2018.

2017 earnings were $3,435,834 with 48 wins, including the Canadian (G2) aboard Quidura (GB) and Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) with Enticed.

2016 earnings were $9,323,499 with 110 wins, including the Del Mar Oaks Presented by The Jockey Club (G1) on Harmonize, Just a Game (G1) on Celestine, Woodford Reserve Ballston Spa (G2) on Strike Charmer and Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth (G2) on Mohaymen.

2015 earnings were $10,866,981 with 145 wins, including the Madison (G1) at Keeneland on Princess Violet, Suburban (G2) on Effinex, Saratoga Special (G2) on Exaggerator, and Nashua (G2) and Remsen (G2), both on Mohaymen. 

Notched his 1,000th North American win on August 25, 2014, at Saratoga, three weeks after earning the largest single paycheck of his career aboard Moreno in the $1.5 million Whitney (G1).

Career-best season was 2013 when he rode 191 winners and the earners of $12,865,602. Wins included Cigar Mile (G1) on Flat Out and Forego (G1) on Strapping Groom.


A native of Venezuela, Junior Alvarado began his professional career in that country in 2005. He came to the U.S. in 2007, riding first in Florida. In 2008, at the invitation of trainer Moises Yanez, he moved to Chicago, where he scored 81 wins in his first Arlington meet. After a return to Venezuela, he was back at Arlington in time to lead the 2009 meet with 110 wins. His first Grade 1 win came at Arlington in 2010, aboard Éclair de Lune (GER) in the Beverly D.

Alvarado was named for his father, Rafael, but confusion in the registration process listed Junior as his first name. The two share more than a name; Rafael Sr. also is a jockey in the family’s home country.