Julien Leparoux

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    Julien Leparoux
    record at keeneland
    total wins:359
    stakes wins:42
    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 2014):

    • Fifth all-time leading jockey by wins (359) and tied for fifth by stakes wins (42).
    • 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):








    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 (5): 2009 Dirt Mile (G1) on Furthest Land, Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Informed Decision and Juvenile Fillies (G1) on She Be Wild; 2008 Filly & Mare Turf (G1) on Forever Together; and 2007 Juvenile Turf on Nownownow.
    • Career earnings exceed $111 million through 2014.
    • 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.



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