Jaime Rodriguez dead-heats for Jockey of the Week

With a stakes win at Turfway Park for Gerardo Corrales and nine total wins for Jaime Rodriguez, the panel of racing experts voted both jockeys the honor of Jockey of the Week for January 1 through January 7.

The weekly award recognizes jockeys for riding accomplishments and who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 1050 active, retired and permanently disabled jockeys in the United States.

Riding for trainer William Morey in the Turfway Park Prevue Stakes on Saturday, Corrales was aboard the gelding Vote No in the six and one-half furlong race for newly turned three-year-olds.  Off as the 7-5 favorite, Vote No broke from the rail in a scratch-reduced field of five. Vote No raced in last to the top of the stretch when Corrales asked Vote No to launch his bid. He took over at the eighth pole to win convincingly by five and one-quarter lengths in 1:17.70.

Corrales rides primarily at Kentucky tracks and currently sits at the top of the Turfway Park winter/spring standings. He was the leading rider at the 2023 Ellis Park meet for the second straight year and won the leading rider title at Turfway Park’s 2022 Holiday Meet. The 27-year-old native of Panama is a graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jockey School and has been riding in the United States since 2015.  He recorded his biggest career win to date in the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (GI) aboard Nobals for trainer Larry Rivelli.

As the calendar turned to 2024, jockey Jaime Rodriguez continued his dominance of the Maryland racing circuit. In 2023, he captured three meet titles in Maryland and finished the year with the most wins among all jockeys at Laurel and Pimlico.

With no signs of slowing down, Rodriguez posted three three-win days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a total of nine wins for the week from 19 mounts for a 47% win percentage and an impressive 73% in-the-money percentage.

A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez, 32, won 166 races at Laurel and Pimlico in 2023. He was the leading rider at not only Laurel’s winter meet posting 58 wins, but also the summer meet with 39 wins and fall meet with 50 wins while also dominating the standings at the Delaware Park meet for the third consecutive year with 67 wins.

Other contenders for Jockey of the Week included Kendrick Carmouche who also won nine races for the week, Juan J. Hernandez who won the Gr. II San Vicente at Santa Anita and Cristian Torres who won the Smarty Jones at Oaklawn Park.