Robby Albarado

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    Robby Albarado
    record at keeneland
    total wins:494
    stakes wins:52
    First Grade 1 Win:
    1998 Early Times Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Joyeux Danseur.
    First Stakes Win:
    1993 Grady Madden Memorial at Louisiana Downs on Tuck’s Honey Bear.
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    1995 Stars and Stripes (G3) at Arlington Park on Snake Eyes.
    First Career Win:
    June 29, 1990, on One Little Point at Evangeline Downs.
    Born:
    September 11, 1973 in Lafayette, La.
    Biography:

    At Keeneland (through October 2016):

    • Ranks third by career wins (494) and fifth by career stakes wins (52).
    • Won 2016 Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) during Spring Meet on Brooklynsway.
    • Won 2013 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland aboard Silver Max for fourth career victory in race.
    • Leading rider four times: 2002-2003 Spring and 2008-2009 Fall meets.
    • Won three stakes during 2011 Fall Meet: Woodford (G3), Bourbon (G3) and Buffalo Trace Franklin County.
    • Scored other Grade 1 wins in 1998 Spinster aboard Banshee Breeze, 2003 Ashland (Elloluv); 2004 Shadwell Turf Mile (Nothing to Lose); 2008 Darley Alcibiades (Dream Empress) and Shadwell Turf Mile (Thorn Song); 2009 Shadwell Turf Mile (Court Vision).
    • First Keeneland win came during the 1996 Fall Meet.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 1996 Sycamore on Gleaming Key.

     

    Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass:

    Year

    Horse

    Finish

    2016 Goats Town 6th
    2015  Unrivaled 7th

    2014

    Medal Count

    2nd

    2011

    Twinspired

    2nd

    2009

    Patena

    10th

    2004

    Breakaway

    5th

    2002

    Straight Gin

    4th

    1999

    Kimberlite Pipe

    4th

    1998

    Ian’s Thunder

    4th

     

    Career:

    • Triple Crown win: 2007 Preakness (G1) on Curlin.
    • Breeders’ Cup wins (3): 2007 Classic on Curlin; 2009 Juvenile Fillies Turf on Tapitsfly; 2011 Mile on 64-1 longshot Court Vision. 
    • Scored his 5,000th career victory Jan. 22, 2017, when he rode Vivacious V.V. to win the first race at Fair Grounds.
    • North American career earnings exceed $207 million with 5,036 wins through March 2017.
    • 2016 earnings were $8,370,995 with 172 wins.
    • Leading rider at the 2016 Churchill September meet.
    • 2015 earnings were $6,431,502 with 140 wins, including the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington on Mizz Money and the Hawthorne Derby (G3) and Ontario Derby (G3) on Lucky Lindy.
    • Recorded his 1,000th victory at Churchill Downs on Oct. 30, 2014, and ranks behind only Pat Day and Calvin Borel by wins at the track.
    • Eighth rider to reach 800 wins at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2009.
    • Won 2008 Dubai World Cup (G1) on Curlin.
    • Earned leading rider titles at Arlington, Churchill, Keeneland and Oaklawn.
    • Won four Grade 1 races with Horses of the Year Mineshaft (2003) and Curlin (2008).
    • Created the Robby Albarado Foundation in late 2007 to assist homeless, socially and economically disadvantaged and less fortunate individuals in the Louisville, Ky., area.
    • Received George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 2004.
    • Won 3,000th race on Dec. 9, 2004, at Fair Grounds on Isle of Silver, and 2,000th race at Keeneland on April 20, 2000.
    • Represents the Central region on the Jockeys’ Guild Senate.

    Background:

    Robby told Daily Racing Form: “When I was 10 years old, I was small. It was always my goal to ride. Shelton LeBlanc (was) a powerful trainer in South Louisiana. He started to put me on horses when I was 10. He helped me with all the basics, and really got me started.” In another Racing Form interview, he said: “Mr. LeBlanc had me hot walking, mucking stalls and then galloping horses.” Albarado started riding the Louisiana bush tracks when he was 12 and by 16 was riding at Evangeline Downs. His father also rode at the bush tracks.

     

 

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