Aubrie Green beamed as she walked down the tunnel to return to the Jockeys Quarters yesterday after her first Keeneland victory aboard trainer Jose Sanchez's Mansoor in the first race.
“Oh, my gosh – I'm in shock,” Green said. “I kind of want to cry.”
Green, who grew up in Ririe, Idaho, rode her own Thoroughbred in informal races before becoming an American Quarter Horse jockey in 2015. Shortly after, she began riding Thoroughbreds and competed in Wyoming, Arizona and California.
Green is now based in Louisiana, where she was leading apprentice and second-leading rider at Louisiana Downs in both wins and earnings last summer.
Green flew to Keeneland to ride in a race during the 2017 Fall Meet, and returned this spring to gallop horses for Sanchez and rebuild her strength after being sidelined by an injury last year. Although race riding was not her main objective here, she has pick up several mounts. She is named to ride in one race today and one race Thursday. She is to compete at Evangeline Downs and Lone Star Park next weekend.
“I actually came up to Keeneland to kind of recoup, and that's why I haven't tried to race ride,” she said. “(Sanchez) decided to enter this horse the other day and said he would put me on, and I said, 'OK. I'll ride him.' It turned out to be a really good thing.”
Green's fiancé, Williams Naupac, and his son were present to celebrate her win, which she still was savoring Sunday morning.
“This place is absolutely beautiful,” Green said about Keeneland. “The horsemen are amazing professionals. I don't even know how to describe how prestigious it is. It's a dream to be riding here.”
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