Jose Montano won a pair of stakes at Charles Town on Saturday to be named the Jockeys Guild Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week's outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races run from October 13-19.
Overall, Montano won 4 races, with 4 seconds and a third from 17 starts, earning $329,045. His fans collected an average of $25.15 on $2 mutuel tickets for his four winning mounts.
In Saturday's fifth race at Charles Town, Montano turned on the afterburners on 40-1 longshot Perfect Cross to nose out odds-on favorite In the Fairway in a four-horse blanket finish in the West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association Onion Juice Breeders' Classic Stakes. Ironically, Montano had ridden In the Fairway when he scored his first stakes in back in 2012.
Montano came back in Saturday's ninth race, the $500,000 West Virginia Breeders' Classic Stakes, on Russell Road to overtake another odds-on favorite, Lucy's Bob By, to win by half a length. Eight-year-old Russell Road was winning the race for a record third time.
A native of Mexico, 27-year-old Montano became involved in racing through working with his father's horses in Mexico and Florida.
He rode his first race at Mountaineer Park on October 4, 2011 on Catena Zapata. He won his first stakes race at Charles Town on September 22, 2012 for the track's leading trainer, Jeff Runco.
Montano notched up 187 wins in 2012, mostly in West Virginia, to earn the Eclipse Award for Champion Apprentice Rider.
Montano is currently ranked second in both wins and earnings at the Charles Town meet.
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