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May 7 2005 131st Kentucky Derby Churchill Downs I 1 1/4 M 3 N/A


Tim Ritchey


Jeremy Rose


• Born April 1, 1979 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. • Afleet Alex gave Rose wins in the 2005 Preakness and Belmont Stakes and a third in the Kentucky Derby. • Was a champion wrestler in high school, and was recruited by top colleges. • In 1998 decided that he wanted to become a jockey after attending the races with a family friend at Penn National. • Learned to gallop and ride in Puerto Rico breaking yearlings and two-year-olds. Came back to the United States nine months later and went to work for trainer Mike Petro in 1999. • Took out his jockey’s license in September 2000 and won his first race on September 23 aboard Daly’s Princess for Petro at Delaware Park. • In 2001 won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. • Rose won riding titles at Delaware Park in 2001 and 2007, and would take the riding title at Oaklawn Park in 2005. • Took the ESPY Award in 2005 for top jockey. • Top mounts include: Bullsbay, Smart Enough, Caprice, Blind Date, and Miraculous Miss.

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