After an impressive four-win day and reaching a new career milestone, Albin Jimenez was named the Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Week for February 21-26, 2017. 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.
Albin Jimenez began the Saturday card at Turfway with 999 career wins and five opportunities on the card to crack the 1,000 mark. He finished sixth in his first mount of the day, but it only took one more race for Jimenez to win and pick up his milestone victory aboard Zarman ($5.00) in a convincing win over post-time favorite Bar Trick. The Wesley Ward-trained gelding by Tapizar was making his second lifetime start.
Earning a career milestone was not enough for the Panama native. Jimenez' momentum carried him to the winner's circle on the remainder of his mounts for the day, including three consecutive wins to close out the card. He won the seventh race with Pom Pom Power ($7.60) for trainer Bert Crawford, and won the final two races with a pair of Mike Maker horses, Gilded Lily ($2.80) and Pegasus Kitten ($3.20). In his four wins on the card, Jimenez won by a combined 14 and a half lengths.
With 28 starts last week, Jimenez picked up eight wins, six seconds, and two thirds. His eight wins tied brothers Jose and Irad Ortiz, Jr for most wins of the week. Jimenez rode at 57% in the money and won on 29% of his mounts.
Jimenez has amassed lifetime earnings of $15,561,053 in his 6,248 lifetime North American starts. Last week, he earned $57,548, bringing his 2017 total to $285,431 in 161 starts.
Jimenez leads the current Turfway Park meet by earnings. He is second only to Alonso Quinonez by wins; however, the two are separated by only one win as of February 25. Jimenez has won or tied for the leading rider title at Turfway Park in six meets between 2013 and 2016. He also won the riding title at Indiana Grand in 2015, and his mounts that meet included eventual 2015 Indiana Horse of the Year Lady Fog Horn. When Lady Fog Horn campaigned at Churchill Downs in 2016, Jimenez rode her to victory in the Falls City Handicap (G2), his first win in a graded stakes event.
Due to holiday racing schedules over Presidents' Day Weekend, the statistics used for the Jockey of the Week ballot spanned Tuesday, February 21 through Sunday, February 26, 2017.
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