John R. Velazquez
Velazquez is a regular in the Triple Crown circuit having competed at 14 renewals of the Kentucky Derby. He won the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom. Velazquez also won the 2007 Belmont Stakes aboard Rags To Riches Velazquez has also won 13 events at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. As one of the sport’s top earners, Velazquez has finished in the top-10 on the National Earnings List for Jockeys for 15 consecutive seasons. He has been awarded the United States Champion Jockey by Earnings (2004, 2005), Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (2004, 2005) and the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (2009). His notable mounts include Da Hoss, Storm Flag Flying, Lemon Drop Kid, Ashado, Kitten’s Joy, Flower Alley, Lawyer Ron, Roses in May, Bluegrass Cat, Curciular Quay, Scat Daddy, Commentator, Indian Blessing, Uncle Mo, Animal Kingdom and Wise Dan.