With an upset victory in the Penn Mile and leading all jockeys by earnings for the week, Julien Leparoux was chosen as Jockeys' Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for May 28 – June 2, 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.
The Saturday card at Penn National featured eight stakes worth $1.3 million, including the $500,000 Penn Mile (G2) and four races of the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series.
Julien Leparoux had just two mounts on the card and passed on stakes races at Churchill that evening to ride Moon Colony ($21.60) for trainer Mark Casse and owner John Oxley in the Penn Mile.
“That was a good field. Kiaran McLaughlin's horse [A Thread of Blue] had won two stakes and was second at Churchill last time. Bill Mott's horse won a stakes at Gulfstream.” Leparoux observed. “He [Moon Colony] was doing great, and Mark was telling me how good he's been breezing. Today, it worked out perfectly. We had a great trip on the fence.”
Leparoux also finished second in the $200,000 Penn Oaks on Alasaayil behind heavy post-time favorite Regal Glory and Luis Saez.
Leparoux shipped to Penn National from Churchill and returned to ride the Sunday card in Louisville. His win in the eighth race aboard With Dignity marked a unique milestone: his 900th career win at Churchill Downs. In the track's history, only six other jockeys have 900 or more lifetime wins.
Leparoux led all North American jockeys by both stakes and total earnings. His two stakes placings netted $330,600 and he added $444,737 to his total earnings for 2019. To date, he has earned $3.1 million in 2019 and has lifetime earnings of over $159 million.
In 10 starts, Leparoux won twice and finished in the money in all but two races. He has 52 wins in 339 starts this year and is 2,620 for 14,477 lifetime.
Due the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 27, the statistics for this ballot comprise races conducted on Tuesday, May 28 through Sunday, June 2.
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