After winning the Grade I La Troienne, the Grade I Kentucky Oaks, the Grade II American Turf, and the Grade II Twin Spires Turf Sprint, Florent Geroux was voted Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for August 31-September 7. 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.
Geroux teamed up with trainer Brad Cox to win their second Longines Kentucky Oaks (Gr. I) in the last three years with an upset victory aboard Shedaresthedevil. The jockey/trainer duo also scored with Champion Monomoy Girl in the Grade I La Troienne Presented by Oak Grove Racing and Gaming.
Geroux’s other stakes wins included the Grade II Twin Spires Turf Sprint Presented by Sysco aboard Diamond Oops trained by Patrick Biancone, giving Geroux five victories on September 4. Geroux also won the Grade II American Turf Presented by Smithfield aboard Fancy Liquor, trained by Mike Maker, on September 5.
For the week, Geroux posted 8 wins from 30 mounts for a win percentage of 26.67% and an in-the-money percentage of 40%. He finished second in stakes earnings with $1,736,700 and second in total earnings with $1,987,622.
Geroux out polled fellow riders, Irad Ortiz, Jr. who won two stakes races at Saratoga and captured the leading rider title; Flavien Prat who won three stakes races at Del Mar including the Gr. I Del Mar Futurity aboard Dr. Schivel and the leading jockey title; Luis Saez who won five stakes races at Saratoga including the Grade I Spinaway with Vequist and the Grade I Woodward with Global Campaign and John Velazquez who won the Grade I Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve which marked his 200th Grade I career victory.
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About the Guild
Jockeys’ Guild, Inc. is the organization representing professional jockeys in Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing in the United States. It was founded in May 1940 and has approximately 1,250 members, including active, retired and disabled jockeys. The purpose is to protect jockeys, strive to achieve a safer racing environment, obtain improved insurance and other benefits for members and to monitor developments in local, state and federal laws affecting the racing industry, and in particular, the jockeys. For more information about the Guild, visit www.jockeysguild.com or www.facebook.com/jockeysguild