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Jose Lezcano Named TT TODAY Jockey of the Week

Jun 21st, 12
Ron the Greek’s come-from-behind victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs last Saturday pushed Jose Lezcano to the top of the list of leading jockeys by North American purse earnings for the week ended June 19.

Lezcano won with four of 18 starters during the period for earnings of $420,356.

The Stephen Foster was Lezcano’s tenth stakes victory and fourth graded stakes win this year. He previously won the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) with Ron the Greek, the Westchester Stakes (G3) with To Honor and Serve, and the Suwannee River Stakes (G3) with Snow Top Mountain.

In Ron the Greek, Lezcano has a leading midseason contender for the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). The 27-year-old Panamanian is no stranger to success on racing’s grandest stage. He piloted Royal Delta to victory in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) and also captured the inaugural running of the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with Maram in 2008.

Lezcano began riding in the U.S. in 2003 and won his first riding title at Tampa Bay Downs in 2005-2006. He went on to win the Meadowlands’ riding title in 2006 and swept the riding titles at Monmouth Park and Meadowlands in 2008. In 2009, he moved his tack to the New York circuit, where he rides the majority of the year while wintering at Gulfstream Park.

Lezcano cracked the top ten jockeys by annual purse earnings in 2010 when he ranked tenth with more than $9.2- million. He ranked ninth last year with earnings in excess of $10.7-million and currently sits 11th year-to-date with earnings of more than $4.5-million.


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