Luis Saez
Jockey Bios

Luis Saez

Born: May 19, 1992 in Panama City, Panama

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 36

Stakes Wins: 2

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2013 Travers aboard Will Take Charge

First Stakes Win: 2009 Needles Stakes at Calder aboard Cinnamon Road

First Graded Stakes Win: 2010 Tropical Park Handicap (G3) at Calder aboard Twilight Meteor

First Career Win: (in U.S.): Aug. 20, 2009, on Fearless Honor at Calder

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2016 Brody's Cause Won

At Keeneland


First Keeneland win came during the 2013 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2015 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on Grand Arch during the Fall Meet.

Rode Brody's Cause to win the 2016 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) during the Spring Meet.

Career


North American career earnings exceed $80,947,883 with 1,831 wins through January 30, 2018.

Equaled Gulfstream Park record when he rode seven winners there on January 24, 2018.

2017 earnings were $13,403,109 with 236 wins, including the Hopeful (G1) with Sporting Chance.

2016 earnings were $13,339,836 with 213 wins, including the Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland on Brody’s Cause and Test (G1) on Paola Queen.

2015 earnings were $12,042,929 with 208 wins, including the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Grand Arch and the Fountain of Youth (G2) with Itsaknockout.

2014 earnings were $9,434,788 with 142 wins, including the TVG Diana (G1) on Somali Lemonade and Oaklawn Handicap (G2) on Will Take Charge.

Won his 1,000th race on Jan. 11, 2014, in the Hal’s Hope (G3) at Gulfstream aboard Lea.

Won five races at Belmont on May 31, 2013, that included back-to-back dead-heat wins.

 

Background


Luis grew up on a farm in Panama and graduated from the famous Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey School there in December 2009. He won 37 races in his native country before coming to the U.S. to begin riding at Calder. His younger brother Juan died from injuries sustained in a riding accident at Indiana Grand in October 2014 as an apprentice. Another younger brother, Sebastian, also rides in the U.S.