Rajiv Maragh

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    Rajiv Maragh
    record at keeneland
    total wins:23
    stakes wins:13
    First Grade 1 Win:
    2008 Ashland at Keeneland on Little Belle.
    First Stakes Win:
    2005 Hurricane Bertie (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Lilah.
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    2005 Hurricane Bertie (G2) at Gulfstream Park on Lilah.
    First Career Win:
    Feb. 1, 2004, at Tampa Bay Downs on Pricedale Kid.
    Born:
    July 9, 1985 in Jamaica
    Biography:

    At Keeneland (through Spring 2014):

    • First Keeneland win came during the 2008 Fall Meet.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 2008 Woodford Reserve Bourbon (G3) on Bittel Road.
    • Rode champion Groupie Doll to win the 2012 Vinery Madison (G1) and Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).
    • Other Grade 1 victories are 2009 First Lady on Diamondrella (GB) and Darley Alcibiades on Negligee, and 2012 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity on Joha.

    Career:

    • Regular rider of two-time champion Groupie Doll. Together, the two won the final race of her career, the Hurricane Bertie (G3) on Feb. 9, 2014, at Gulfstream Park.
    • Breeders’ Cup wins (4): 2012-2013 Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on Groupie Doll; 2012 Juvenile Sprint on Hightail; and 2011 Dirt Mile (G1) aboard Caleb’s Posse.
    • 2013 North American earnings were $8,796,457. Rode champion Groupie Doll to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) and Presque Isle Downs Masters (G2).
    • Earnings in 2012 were $10,039,018. Also rode Groupie Doll to win the Humana Distaff (G1).
    • Mounts earned $9,390,656 in 2011 to rank 11th.
    • Won his 1,000th race on February 26, 2010, at Gulfstream Park aboard Mint Maker.
    • Among the leading riders at New York Racing Association tracks.

    Background:

    Rajiv’s father, Collin, formerly a rider in Jamaica, now trains horses in Florida, where the family moved when Rajiv was a teenager. A few of his uncles were also jockeys in Jamaica. His father taught him how to care for horses and then how to ride, but his parents insisted he graduate from high school before he could begin to ride competitively.

 

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