With 10 wins last week, Deshawn Parker was selected as Jockeys' Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 22-28, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys' Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America. Jockey of the Week is sponsored by FoundationDetox.com, America's #1 Equine Toxin Remover.
Deshawn Parker led all North American jockeys by wins last week, earning 10 victories in 22 starts. He earned all his wins at Indiana Grand, though before riding the Saturday evening card at Indiana, he traveled to Belterra Park to ride in the Edward Babst/Albert Palacios Memorial Handicap that afternoon, finishing fourth aboard Over Icce.
His 10 wins represented eight different trainers and only three of the wins were aboard horses that were post-time favorites.
As the leading rider by wins for the week, Parker maintained a 45% win rate and finished in the money on 73% of his 22 mounts last week. He has won 62 of his 200 starts in 2019 and is 5,572 for 33,589 lifetime.
Parker cracked the top 20 North American jockeys by total earnings last week, picking up $180,905 in 22 starts. In 2019, Parker has earned $780,905 and his career earnings to date exceed $68 million.
Parker is the leading jockey for the Indiana Grand meet that began on April 16; he finished second in the standings in 2018 with 104 wins, 10 fewer than leading jockey Rodney Prescott. He tied for leading rider in 2017 with Marcelino Pedroza; each had 109 wins during the meet.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Parker began riding in 1988. He was honored by the Jockeys' Guild in 2012 with the Laffit Pincay, Jr award and has been a finalist for the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Parker joined the ranks of the winningest jockeys in history in 2016, becoming the 32nd jockey to win 5,000 career races.
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