Jose Lezcano
Jockey Bios

Jose Lezcano

Born: April 20, 1985 in Chiriqui, Panama

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 62

Stakes Wins: 10

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2008 Gulfstream Park Turf on Einstein (BRZ)

First Stakes Win: 2005 Wayward Lass at Tampa Bay Downs on Joyful Ballad

First Graded Stakes Win: 2005 Delaware Oaks (G2) at Delaware Park on R Lady Joy

First Career Win: March 14, 2004, at Gulfstream Park on Cloudy Gray

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2018 Flameaway 2nd
2016 Laoban 4th


Sensational Slam





At Keeneland

Won the 2018 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G2) on Concrete Rose.

During the 2017 Spring Meet won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1) on La Coronel and Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3) on Morticia.

Won the 2015 Woodford (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select aboard Amelia’s Wild Ride. 

Won the 2014 Coolmore Lexington (G3) on Mr Speaker.

Rode Horse of the Year Wise Dan to wins in the 2012 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and 2013 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

First Keeneland win came during the 2008 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2011 Appalachian (G3) on Winter Memories.

On Oct. 6, 2012, day of the Shadwell Turf Mile, also won the First Lady (G1) on Tapitsfly.


Breeders’ Cup wins (3): 2008 Juvenile Fillies Turf on Maram; 2011 Ladies' Classic on Royal Delta; 2013 Mile (G1) on Wise Dan. 

North American career earnings exceed $128 million with 2,483 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.

2017 earnings were $7,473,603 with 113 wins, including the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) at Keeneland aboard La Coronel.

2016 earnings of $7,847,249 with 107 wins, including the New Orleans Handicap (G2) with S’maverlous and Prioress (G2) with Lucy n Ethel.

2015 earnings of $11,010,615 with 130 wins, including the Grade 1 Ruffian, Ogden Phipps and Beldame on Wedding Toast.

Won two graded stakes at Turfway on March 21, 2015: Spiral (G3) on Dubai Sky and Bourbonette Oaks (G3) on Don’t Leave Me.

Won two graded stakes at Belmont on Sept. 26, 2015: Beldame (G1) on Wedding Toast and Pilgrim (G3) on Isotherm.

​2014 earnings of $10,769,938 with 128 wins, including the Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) on Mr Speaker and Suburban (G2) on Zivo.

Leader rider at Gulfstream Park (2009), Monmouth Park (2008), The Meadowlands (2006 and 2008), Tampa Bay Downs (2005-2006).

Rode six winners at Monmouth Park on June 22, 2008.


Jose began riding on his father’s farm before attending the Laffit Pincay Jockey School in Panama and moving to the U.S.