A Gulfstream Park graded stakes double helped propel Emisael Jaramillo to Jockey of the Week honors for the week of December 7 through December 13. 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.
Jaramillo won both stakes he was entered in on Saturday, December 12 at Gulfstream Park. First he was aboard Letruska for trainer Fausto Gutierrez in the Grade III Rampart Stakes. Racing without blinkers for the first time in her career and favored at 3-2 in the field of six, Letruska completed the one mile in 1:35.03 over a fast main track. He returned later in the card to win the Grade III Sugar Swirl with Lady’s Island who ran six furlongs in 1:10.46 for trainer Georgina Baxter.
This past May, Jaramillo registered his 1,000th victory in North America. The 43-year-old Venezuelan rode more than 4,000 winners in his native country, where he was a 13-time champion and all-time leading rider. He rode his first professional race in 1996 and the next year was competing at his country’s premier racetrack, La Rinconada in Caracas where he won his first title in 1999. He has ridden more than 200 winners in each of the last five years primarily at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West where he has been a mainstay since moving his tack to south Florida in 2015.
Weekly stats for Jaramillo were 30-3-4-3 with total purse earnings of $187,800.
Jaramillo out-polled fellow riders Adam Beschizza who won two stakes races at Fair Grounds, Kendrick Carmouche who won the Bay Ridge Stakes at Aqueduct, Marcelino Pedroza who won two stakes races at Fair Grounds and Tim Thornton who topped all riders in wins with 11.