Julien Leparoux

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    Julien Leparoux
    record at keeneland
    total wins:451
    stakes wins:60
    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 (AUS)
    First Career Win:
    Aug. 18, 2005, at Saratoga on Easter Guardian
    July 15, 1983 in Senlis, France

    At Keeneland (through October 2017):

    • Second all time by stakes wins (60) and fourth by wins (451).
    • Won four stakes in 2017: Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on Irap (Spring) and Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Heavenly Love, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on Flameaway and Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Miss Sunset (Fall). 
    • Leading rider during 2016 Fall Meet with 21 victories, including four stakes: Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) on Classic Empire, Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Irish Jasper, Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Lightstream and Hagyard Fayette (G2) on Noble Bird.
    • Leading rider 11 times: 2016 Fall, 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.
    • 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, 2015.
    • 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.
    • 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:




    2017 Irap Won
    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 (7): 2007 Juvenile Turf on Nownownow; 2008 Filly and Mare Turf on Forever Together; 2009 Dirt Mile on Furthest Land, Filly and Mare Sprint on Informed Decision and Juvenile Fillies on She Be Wild; 2015 Mile on Tepin; 2016 Juvenile on Classic Empire.
    • North American career earnings near $148 million with 2,464 wins through Nov. 20, 2017.
    • 2016 earnings were $13,902,269 with 166 wins, including the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) with Tepin; Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Classic Empire; and Acorn (G1) with Carina Mia.
    • Rode Tepin to win the Queen Anne (G1) at Royal Ascot on June 14, 2016, opening day of the prestigious five-day Royal Ascot meet in England.
    • 2015 earnings were $10,259,981 with 140 wins, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), First Lady (G1), Just a Game (G1) and Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) on 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 with 142 wins.
    • 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.
    • Multiple leading rider at Churchill Downs, where he set a record with 63 wins at the 2008 fall meet, breaking Pat Day’s longstanding record.
    • 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.
    • North Americas leading rider in 2006 by wins with 403.
    • Is a member of the Jockeys' Guild Board of Directors.

    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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