The leading jockey by stakes wins for the week, Diego Saenz was named Jockey’s Guild Jockey of the Week for September 14 thru September 20. The award is voted on by a panel of racing industry experts. This award 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 and permanently disabled jockeys.
During the Louisiana Cup Day Stakes at Louisiana Downs, Saenz won three of the six featured races. Patiently sitting off the early pace aboard Mirabeau in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies, Saenz took control at the top of the stretch and crossed the wire six lengths in front. “She gets better every time,” said Saenz. In the Louisiana Cup Distaff, Saenz rode defending champion, Is Too to victory. Saenz set very comfortable early fractions before drawing off in 1:43.33 over the Franks Turf Course. “She was very relaxed,” said Saenz. “They let me set the fractions and I was able to walk the dog, like they say!” In the six furlong Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Saenz won aboard Snowball for trainer Sam Breaux. She crossed the wire in 1:12. “She had lots of traffic in the front,” said Breaux. “But Diego got her through it and she did the rest.”
Saenz, who was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, has been riding professionally since 2004 and rides regularly on the Louisiana circuit winning numerous riding titles at Delta Downs. To date, he has won 2,286 races and over $46 million in purses.
Saenz out polled fellow riders Kyle Frey, Tyler Gaffalione, Gabriel Saez and Ricardo Santana, Jr.