Johan Rosado
Jockey Johan Rosado in action at Delaware Park in 2018. Photo by

Jockey Johan Rosado celebrated the new year in style by sweeping the early daily double and finishing with four winners on Friday’s nine-race program that opened Laurel Park’s 41-day winter meet.

The 22-year-old piloted Natty Beau ($23) to victory in the opener, a six-furlong claimer for 3-year-olds, and cruised to the wire first aboard Italian Dressing ($9.40) in Race 2, a 5 ½-furlong maiden claimer for 3-year-old fillies.

Rosado then guided Youngest of Five ($12) to a front-running victory in Race 4, a two-turn allowance for older Maryland-bred/sired horses going about 1 1/16 miles, and rode Makin’ Out ($10.40) to a neck triumph over favored Nana’s Shoes in Race 6, a one-mile starter optional claimer for older females.

Rosado’s winners came for trainers Richard Sillaman, Hamilton Smith, Hugh McMahon and Henry Walters.

“I’m just lucky I got on the right horses today and had a good day,” Rosado said. “[I’m] just thankful for every horseman and their staff. If the opportunity comes you just try to take advantage of them and you can have big days like this.”

Rosado rode 15 winners at Laurel’s 2020 winter meet which ended Dec. 31. He is the son of Roberto Rosado, a native of Puerto Rico who shared the 1997 Eclipse Award as champion apprentice with Phil Teator.

Johan Rosado won with his first career mount, Tripocha, Sept. 11, 2017 at Parx in a race where his father finished sixth. He finished with 15 wins at the Laurel winter meet that ended Dec. 31 and owns 180 career victories and more than $5.5 million in purse earnings.