Julien Leparoux

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    Julien Leparoux
    Julien Leparoux
    record at keeneland
    total wins:403
    stakes wins:52
    First Grade 1 Win:
    2006 Beverly D at Arlington Park on Gorella (FR)
    First Stakes Win:
    2006 Likely Exchange at Turfway Park on Cat Quatorze
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    2006 Aegon Turf Sprint (G3) at Churchill Downs on Man of Illusion
    First Career Win:
    July 26, 2005, at Saratoga on Easter Guardian
    July 15, 1983 in Senlis, France

    At Keeneland (through April 2016):

    • Tied for fourth all time by stakes wins (52) and fifth by wins (403).
    • Won four stakes during the 2016 Spring Meet: Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) on Tepin, Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) on Lightstream, Bewitch (G3) on Olorda (GER) and Giant's Causeway (L) on Exaggerated.
    • Won four races on April 16, 2016, including the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) and Giant's Causeway (L).
    • Won three stakes races during the 2015 Fall Meet: First Lady (G1) on Tepin, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on Airoforce and Buffalo Trace Franklin County on Ageless.
    • Won the Lafayette Presented by Keeneland Select on Falling Sky on Prelude to the Cup on Oct. 29.
    • Won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on Tepin on Oct. 31.
    • Rode Divining Rod to win the 2015 Coolmore Lexington (G3) during the Spring Meet.
    • Won 2014 Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Peace and War, Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on Sparkling Review and Giant’s Causeway on Ageless.
    • Leading rider 10 times: 2014 Spring, 2012 Spring and Fall, 2011 Spring and Fall, 2010 Fall, 2009 Spring, 2007 Spring and 2006 Spring (tie and as an apprentice) and Fall meets.
    • Won six stakes in 2013, including the Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass on Java’s War, Jenny Wiley on Centre Court, First Lady on Better Lucky and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Kitten’s Dumplings. Toyota Blue Grass and Jenny Wiley wins both came on April 13.
    • Won six races on a 10-race card on April 20, 2012, to equal Craig Perret and Randy Romero for most wins on a single card.
    • First Keeneland win came during the 2005 Fall Meet.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 2006 Lafayette on Likely.

    Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1):




    2016 My Man Sam 2nd
    2015 Danzig Moon 2nd





    Java’s War



    Ever So Lucky






    Pleasant Prince






    Time Squared



    Sadler’s Trick




    • Won 2009 Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey and 2006 Eclipse as outstanding apprentice. Is one of only four jockeys to receive an Eclipse as an apprentice and journeyman.
    • Breeders’ Cup wins (6): 2015 Mile (G1) on Tepin; 2009 Dirt Mile (G1) on Furthest Land, Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) on Informed Decision and Juvenile Fillies (G1) on She Be Wild; 2008 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on Forever Together; and 2007 Juvenile Turf on Nownownow.
    • North American career earnings through May 9, 2016, were more than $125 million with 2,228 victories.
    • 2015 earnings were $10,259,981, to rank 12th. His 140 victories included the Breeders’ Cup Mile and First Lady, plus the Just a Game (G1) and Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2), all aboard champion Tepin.
    • Twice won a pair of graded stakes at Churchill in 2015: on June 13, the Matt Winn (G3) on Island Town and Regret (G3) on Prado’s Sweet Ride; and on Nov. 28, the Golden Rod (G2) on Carina Mia and Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) on Airoforce.
    • 2014 earnings were $7,628,617 when he won 142 races.
    • Recorded his 2,000th victory on Oct. 29, 2014, at Churchill Downs when he rode In My Time to win the ninth race.
    • Won three races at Kentucky Downs in 2014 on Sept. 10 and Sept. 13 and at Churchill Downs on Nov. 15, including the Mrs. Revere (G2) on Sparkling Review and Commonwealth Turf (G3) on Heart to Heart.
    • Leading rider in 2014 at Kentucky Downs (in a tie) and also finished in the Top 10 at Gulfstream Park, the three Churchill meets, and Keeneland in the Fall.
    • 2013 earnings were $10,130,750. Scored other Grade 1 wins in Test, Del Mar Futurity, Del Mar Oaks and Rodeo Drive.
    • Ranked seventh by 2012 earnings with $12,716,489. Wins included the Fountain of Youth (G2) on Union Rags.
    • Ranked sixth in 2011 by earnings with $13,874,620 and 11th by wins with 247. Wins included the Florida Derby (G1) with Dialed In.
    • Leading rider at Churchill Downs nine times – 2011 spring and fall, 2010 fall, 2009 spring and fall (in a tie), 2008 fall, 2007 spring and fall, and 2006 spring. Set a record with 63 wins at the 2008 fall meet, breaking Pat Day’s longstanding record.
    • Finished second in earnings in 2009, less than $11,000 behind Garrett Gomez.
    • Won 2009 Bill Shoemaker Award as outstanding Breeders’ Cup jockey.
    • Posted career win No. 1,000 on May 13, 2009, at Churchill Downs aboard Little Connor.
    • Won seven races on a 10-race card at Churchill Downs on Nov. 11, 2008.
    • Leading rider at Turfway Park (winter/spring and fall 2006; winter/spring in 2007).
    • North Americas leading rider in 2006 by wins with 403; ranked eighth by earnings with $12,491,316.


    Julien’s late father, Robert, was a jockey who later became a trainer. Julien grew up around racing in Chantilly, France, but his father stressed the importance of his education. He came to Southern California in early 2003 to work as an exercise rider for trainer Patrick Biancone, but his riding talents were readily apparent and he launched his career as a jockey in the summer of 2005.

    Married Shea Mitchell, daughter of trainer Mike Mitchell, in December 2012. Their son, Mitchell, was born in September 2015.



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