After winning the only Grade 1 race of the week and leading across all metrics, Joel Rosario was chosen as Jockeys' Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for May 6 – 12, 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.
In a relatively quiet weekend between the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, Joel Rosario stood out to voters after winning the only Grade 1 race of the week, the $700,000 Man o' War Stakes at Belmont on Saturday.
Rosario guided Channel Maker ($15.60) to a narrow victory over Arklow in a well-timed ride in the 1 and 3/8-mile event over the Belmont inner turf course.
Rosario started in six stakes and managed to finish in the money in all six stakes starts, including his Grade 1 win. He placed second in three races: the $300,000 Peter Pan Stakes (G3) with Sir Winston, the $200,000 Beaugay Stakes (G3) with Competitionofideas, and the $100,000 Flat Out Stakes with Marconi. Additionally, he finished third in the $150,000 Runhappy Stakes with Bon Raison and in the $100,000 Gold Fever Stakes with Releasethethunder.
Rosario led all North American jockeys by both total and stakes earnings last week. He earned $525,000 in stakes races and added $699,169 to his 2019 earnings of $8,144,367. In his career to date, he has earned over $195 million.
With four wins, Rosario posted a 19% win rate and was in the money in 76% of his 21 starts. He is 75 for 338 in 2019 and has won 2,683 of his 14,710 lifetime starts.
In 2018, Rosario won three Breeders' Cup races, including the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) with Accelerate, and finished fourth in overall earnings for the year.
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