Julien Leparoux

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    Julien Leparoux
    record at keeneland
    total wins:345
    stakes wins:40
    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.
    Born:
    July 15, 1983 in Senlis, France
    Biography:

    At Keeneland (through Spring 2014):

    • Fifth on the list of all-time leading jockeys by wins (345) and stakes wins (40).
    • 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.

    Career:

    • 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.
    • North American earnings for 2013 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 $12,715,589. 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.

     Background:

    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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