Julien Leparoux
Jockey Bios

Julien Leparoux

Born: July 15, 1983 in Senlis, France

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 466

Stakes Wins: 62

Career Firsts

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 (AUS)

First Career Win: Aug. 18, 2005, at Saratoga on Easter Guardian

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2018 Kanthaka 6th
2017 Irap Won
2016 My Man Sam 2nd
2015 Danzig Moon 2nd





Java’s War



Ever So Lucky






Pleasant Prince






Time Squared



Sadler’s Trick


At Keeneland

Second all time by stakes wins (62) and fourth by wins (466).

Won two stakes in 2018: Maker's 46 Mile (G1) on Heart to Heart during the Spring Meet and Indian Summer on Strike Silver during the Fall Meet.

During the 2017 Spring Meet, rode Irap to win the Toyota Blue Grass (G2). Stakes wins during the 2017 Fall Meet were the Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Heavenly Love, Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Miss Sunset and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on Flameaway.

Leading rider during 2016 Fall Meet with 21 victories, including four stakes: Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) on Classic Empire, Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Irish Jasper, Lexus Raven Run (G2) on Lightstream and Hagyard Fayette (G2) on Noble Bird.

Leading rider 11 times: 2016 Fall, 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.

Won four stakes during the 2016 Spring Meet: Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) on Tepin, Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) on Lightstream, Bewitch (G3) on Olorda (GER) and Giant's Causeway (L) on Exaggerated.

Won four races on April 16, 2016, including the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) and Giant's Causeway (L).

Won three stakes races during the 2015 Fall Meet: First Lady (G1) on Tepin, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on Airoforce and Buffalo Trace Franklin County on Ageless.

Won the Lafayette Presented by Keeneland Select on Falling Sky on Prelude to the Cup on Oct. 29, 2015. Two days later, he won Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on Tepin.

Rode Divining Rod to win the 2015 Coolmore Lexington (G3) during the Spring Meet.

Won 2014 Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Peace and War, Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on Sparkling Review and Giant’s Causeway on Ageless.

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.


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.

North American career earnings exceed $156 million with 2,569 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.

Breeders’ Cup wins (7): 2007 Juvenile Turf on Nownownow; 2008 Filly and Mare Turf on Forever Together; 2009 Dirt Mile on Furthest Land; 2009 Filly and Mare Sprint on Informed Decision; 2009 Juvenile Fillies on She Be Wild; 2015 Mile on Tepin; and 2016 Juvenile on Classic Empire. 

2017 earnings were $13,390,756 with 136 wins, including Keeneland’s Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Heavenly Love, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Flameaway and Lexus Raven Run (G2) aboard Miss Sunset. He won the Arkansas Derby (G1) on champion Classic Empire and the Sword Dancer (G1) on Sadler’s Joy.

2016 earnings were $13,901,579 with 166 wins, including the Queen Anne (G1) at Royal Ascot and Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland with Tepin. 

2015 earnings were $10,259,854 with 140 wins, including the Just a Game (G1) and Churchill Downs Turf Mile (G2) with Tepin. 

2014 earnings were $7,628,617 with 142 wins, including the Mrs. Revere (G2) with Sparkling Review..

2013 earnings were $10,130,750 with 136 wins, including the Test (G1) with Sweet Lulu, Rodeo Drive (G1) with Tiz Flirtatious, Del Mar Futurity (G1) with Tamarando and Del Mar Oaks (G1) aboard Discreet Marq.




Julien’s 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. The couple has two sons.