Jockey Flavien Prat had a very good week. In addition to winning all three stakes races at Santa Anita he also registered his 1,000th North American victory. The accomplishments earned Prat the Jockey of the Week award for February 15 through February 21. 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.
Riding for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella in the Wishing Well Stakes, the feature on Presidents’ Day, Prat guided Superstition to a 1-1/2 furlong victory in 1:14.22 in the 6-1/2 furlongs turf test.
On Saturday, trainer Phil D’Amato tapped Prat to ride Charmaine’s Mia for the first time in the Grade II Buena Vista a one mile turf test. Stretching out for the first time, Charmaine’s Mia got the distance in 1:33.93. “She broke sharp,” said Prat. “She’s really fast out of the gate and I wanted to be on the lead, but the inside horse (Bohemian Bourbon) was pulling very hard, so we were in second, which was a good place to be. When we made the lead at the quarter pole, she got a good breather and from there, she finished really well.”
Prat was given a leg up on Bella Vita by trainer Simon Callaghan in the six furlong Spring Fever Stakes on Sunday. Heavily favored in the field of six, Bella Vita was in control the entire trip making short work of her rivals powering to a 4-1/2 length win. “I thought I was on the best horse and I was,” said Prat. She broke well and we got a good position up close. She was push button and she did it on her own.”
French-born Prat, Santa Anita’s reigning Winter/Spring Champion Jockey and current meet leader, registered his 1,000th North American victory on February 19th. In a remarkable span of about six years, he has collected 11 Southern California riding titles and is currently tied for 13th with retired Hall of Famer Donald Pierce on Santa Anita’s all-time Winter/Spring stakes won list with 99 to date.
“It means a lot, it’s a big achievement,” said Prat. “(Looking to the future) I hope to do as good as I have done. I don’t want to be satisfied with what I’ve done, I want to try to improve. I’ve been lucky to have been on a lot of good horses…They all have a place in my heart.”
Prat’s weekly stats included 12 wins from 26 mounts for a win percentage of 46% and 73% in-the-money percentage. He led all jockeys in purses won with $553,440.
He out polled fellow jockeys Eric Cancel with a stakes victory, Isaias Enriquez with two stakes victories, Horacio Karamanos with a graded stakes win and Sheldon Russell with two stakes victories.
Statistics provided by: Equibase
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