Luis Saez
Jockey Bios

Luis Saez

Born: May 19, 1992 in Panama City, Panama

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 108

Stakes Wins: 17

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2013 Travers aboard Will Take Charge

First Stakes Win: 2009 Needles Stakes at Calder aboard Cinnamon Road

First Graded Stakes Win: 2010 Tropical Park Handicap (G3) at Calder aboard Twilight Meteor

First Career Win: (in U.S.): Aug. 20, 2009, on Fearless Honor at Calder

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2022 Emmanuel 3rd
2021 Essential Quality Won
2019 So Alive 6th
2018 Sporting Chance 3rd
2016 Brody's Cause Won

At Keeneland


Leading rider of the 2021 Spring Meet with 29 wins. Won four stakes: Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on Elusive Quality, Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association on Jouster, Elkhorn (G2) on Say the Word and Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select on Twenty Carat.

First Keeneland win came during the 2013 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2015 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on Grand Arch during the Fall Meet.

Rode Brody's Cause to win the 2016 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) during the Spring Meet.

Won the 2018 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) during the Fall Meet on Promises Fulfilled.

Won the 2019 Beaumont (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select during the Spring Meet on Fancy Dress Party.

Won five stakes during Fall Stars Weekend on the opening three days of the 2020 Fall Meet. On Friday, he took the Darley Alcibiades on Simply Ravishing. On Saturday, he won the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) on Esential Quality and the Woodford (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select on Leinster. On Sunday, he captured the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on Valiance and the Bourbon (G3) on Mutasaabeq.

Rode Essential Quality to win his next start, the TVG Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance at Keeneland.

During the 2022 Spring Meet, won the Maker's Mark Mile (G1) on Shirl's Speight and the Elkhorn (G2) on Channel Maker.

 

Career


Triple Crown win: 2021 Belmont on Essential Quality.

Breeders' Cup win: 2020 Juvenile on Essential Quality.

Recorded 3,000th North American victory on June 5, 2022, at Belmont Park when he rode Funny Joke to win the sixth race.

Earnings exceed $165 million.

Rode Maximum Security to win the world's richest horse race, the $20 million Saudi Cup, in February 2020.

Recorded 2,000th win Nov 9, 2018, at Aqueduct when he won the fourth race on Y'allcomenow.

Equaled Gulfstream Park record when he rode seven winners there on Jan. 24, 2018.

Won five races at Belmont on May 31, 2013, that included back-to-back dead-heat wins.

Click here for his Equibase career record.

 

Background


Luis grew up on a farm in Panama and graduated from the famous Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey School there in December 2009. He won 37 races in his native country before coming to the U.S. to begin riding at Calder.