John Velazquez

51 kg


1 516 702 7435

Career Profile
John Velazquez was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on November 24 1971. He is married to Leona, the daughter of trainer Leo O'Brien. They live in West Hempstead, New York. He enrolled at the Puerto Rican Jockeys' School in June 1988 and rode his first winner at El Commandante in January 1990. Two months later he moved to New York, where he was taken under the wing of Angel Cordero. He soon became established and has been amongst the top ten riders there for the past seven seasons. His first Grade I win came aboard Turk Passer in the Turf Classic at Belmont Park in 1995, a win that was followed by the victory of Perfect Arc in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. The best horses that he has ridden include Yanks Music (aboard whom he won four Grade One races in 1996) and the dual Breeders' Cup Mile winner, Da Hoss. He rode Daylami into fifth place in the 1999 Dubai World Cup. In 2001 he became the leading rider in New York with 239 wins, a year that saw him ride his 2,000th winner aboard Tom's Thunder at Aqueduct and his success continued into 2002 following associations with Gygistar (King's Bishop and Dwyer Stakes), Summer Colony (Personal Ensign Stakes) and E Dubai (Suburban Handicap)

1 16/17 0 0 2 0 0 2 4,416,000
2 09/10 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
3 06/07 0 0 0 0 1 3 220,800
4 05/06 0 0 1 1 2 4 3,459,200
5 04/05 1 0 0 0 1 3 13,468,800
25-Mar-17 MEY Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline Neolithic (USA) 03 /14 57 G1
25-Mar-17 MEY UAE Derby Sponsored By The Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group Master Plan (USA) 03 /16 55 G2
27-Mar-10 MEY Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline Crowded House (GB) 09 /14 57 G1
31-Mar-07 NAD Dubai Duty Free Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free English Channel (USA) 12 /16 57 G1
31-Mar-07 NAD Dubai Sheema Classic Sponsored By Nakheel Host (CHI) 12 /14 56 G1
31-Mar-07 NAD Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored By Gulf News Bishop Court Hill (USA) 05 /16 57 G1
25-Mar-06 NAD Dubai World Cup Sponsored By Emirates Airline Magna Graduate (USA) 03 /11 57 G1
25-Mar-06 NAD Dubai Duty Free Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free Host (CHI) 04 /15 57 G1
25-Mar-06 NAD UAE Derby Sponsored By S & M Al Naboodah Group Dominguin (PER) 05 /13 59 G2
25-Mar-06 NAD Godolphin Mile Sponsored By Jebel Ali International Hotels Shamoan (IRE) 05 /10 57 G2

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