With a career milestone and two stakes wins, veteran jockey Glenn Corbett was voted Jockey of the Week for March 8 through March 14. The award, which is voted on by a panel of racing experts, is for jockeys who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 active riders in the United States as well as retired and permanently disabled jockeys.
Corbett started the week at his winter base of Turf Paradise with achieving his 4,000th career victory aboard Arabian Story for trainer Chad Ferguson on March 8. With the win, Corbett became the 78th jockey to achieve 4,000 lifetime wins.
Trainer Robertino Diodoro engaged Corbett to ride Alberta Sun, the favorite in the field of six, in the Arizona Breeders’ Stakes at six furlongs on the dirt March 11. Stumbling at the start, Alberta Sun settled early, raced four wide through the turn and took control at the eighth pole to win by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:11.09.
California trainer Bob Hess, Jr. gave a leg up to Corbett on It’s My House in the Turf Paradise Derby on March 12. The favorite in the field of nine, It’s My House pressed the early pace, took the lead into the stretch, dueling with Tony’s Tapit until late in the stretch winning by three-quarters of length in 1:45.05 for 1-1/16 miles on the dirt.
The very definition of a “journeyman jockey,” Corbett has raced at more than 35 tracks over his distinguished career that started in 1985 with his first career win at Penn National. “I go to work and chip away,” said Corbett. He now splits his riding mainly between Turf Paradise in the winter and Prairie Meadows the rest of the year. “It’s a great circuit for me, I can work year-round,” Corbett said. He was inducted into the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame in 2019.
Corbett’s stats for the week included six wins from 16 mounts for a 37.5% win percentage, 68.7% in-the-money percentage and total purse earnings of $101,271.
Corbett out-polled fellow riders Victor Carrasco with two stakes victories at Laurel, Tyler Gaffalione who posted the most wins for the week, Joel Rosario with a victory in the Gr. II Rebel, and Ricardo Santana, Jr. with a stakes win at Oaklawn Park.