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Rosario Reaches Racing Hall of Fame

Joel Rosario, among Keeneland’s most successful jockeys, on Tuesday was named a member of the class of 2024 to be inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame. 

From the Dominican Republic, Rosario has 3,605 wins and has ridden the earners of $318.4 million. He received the Eclipse Award as North America’s outstanding jockey for 2021, the year he led all riders by earnings and rode Knicks Go to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

Rosario has a win in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on Orb (2013) and two wins in the Belmont (G1) on Tonalist (2014) and Sir Winston (2019). He has 15 Breeders’ Cup victories. 

Since recording his first Keeneland victory during the 2010 Fall Meet, Rosario’s record here includes:

  • 206 wins, including 42 stakes. Among them are the 2011 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on Brilliant Speed.
  • Two meet titles. Rosario won a Spring Meet record 38 races in 2013 and also was the leading rider during the 2017 Spring Meet.
  • Six stakes wins during the 15-day Spring Meet in 2021 to tie a feat for the season recorded by Jerry Bailey (1999) and Javier Castellano (2019).
  • Five wins on a card, which he has accomplished three times: 2013 (twice) and 2021. Nine riders have accomplished the feat. 
  • Six wins during the 2024 Spring Meet, boosted by a three-win day April 18. 

The 2024 inductees will be enshrined Friday, Aug. 2. Other inductees are the racehorses Gun Runner and Justify, the latter a graduate of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale, in the contemporary category; jockey Abe Hawkins and racehorses Aristides and Lecomte, who were selected by the Pre-1900 Historic Review Committee; and Harry F. Guggenheim, Clement L. Hirsch and Joe Hirsch, who were chosen by the Pillars of the Turf Committee. 

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is located in Saratoga Springs, New York. For more information, visit