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Julien Leparoux

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  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 108
  • Born: July 15, 1983 in Senlis, France
  • Residence: Duarte, Calif.
  • Family: Wife Shea, daughter of Southern California-based trainer Mike Mitchell.
  • Has won five Breeders’ Cup races, including three in 2009 – the Filly and Mare Sprint with Informed Decision, Dirt Mile with Furthest Land, and the Juvenile Fillies with She Be Wild. That earned him the Shoemaker Award, as he was only the second jockey in history to win three Breeders' Cup races on a single card. Garrett Gomez is the other ... In 2012, best finish from five mounts was a second in the Filly and Mare Sprint with Dust and Diamonds.
  • Best mounts in 2013 have been Tamarando, Sweet Lulu, Discreet Marq, Tiz Flirtatious, Stephanie’s Kitten, Successful Dan, Winning Cause, Java’s War and Centre Court.
  • Leparoux won his 300th race at Keeneland right after scoring his 299th at the Lexington oval on Oct. 25, 2012. Only five jockeys have attained this milestone, but Leparoux did it at only 29 years old.
  • After winning seven races in the first two days of the fall 2011 Keeneland meeting, Leparoux added an eighth win on the third day before he was thrown over the rail when his mount in the Bourbon Stakes (G3), Here Comes Frazier, spooked and bounced off the inner rail. He rode the next race, but his injured right hand continued to show soreness, although without a fracture or tendon tear, so he took off all eight scheduled mounts on the Oct. 12 Keeneland card. 
  • Moved his tack to California to ride full time following the 2012 Breeders' Cup ... Married Shea Mitchell, daughter of Southern California-based trainer Mike Mitchell in Dec. 2012.
  • Top mounts in 2010 included champion Informed Decision; Grade 1 winners Karelian, My Jen, and Warrior’s Reward; graded stakes winners Kathmanblu, Dancinginherdreams, Successful Dan, Maybesomaybenot, Awesome Act, Silver Timber, Nordic Truce, Amen Hallelujah, Check the Label, Buckleupbuttercup, Custom for Carlos, Rogue Romance, and Rainbow View
  • Involved in a spill in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) at Pimlico Race Course on May 14, 2010,  but rode Pleasant Prince to finish 11th in the Preakness Stakes the following afternoon ... A few days later, he was diagnosed with a vertebrae compression fracture that sent him to the sidelines for several weeks ... Rode sparingly before returning to action full time in mid-July at the start of the Saratoga Race Course meeting where he finished fourth in the jockey standings.
  • Became just the fourth jockey in history to win Eclipse Awards as an apprentice and journeyman when he won the 2009 Eclipse Award after earning the honor in 2006 ... The only other three with the rare double are Steve Cauthen, Kent Desoromeaux, and Chris McCarron, who are all in Racing’s Hall of Fame.
  • On Nov. 11, 2008, he rode seven winners  on a single card at Churchill Downs, tying the record set by Pat Day 24 years before, on June 20, 1984. A year earlier, on June 27, 2007, Leparoux rode six winners on a single card at Churchill Downs, tying five other jockeys for the feat.
  • The son of former jockey-turned-trainer Robert Leparoux, he grew up around racing in Chantilly, France, and rode competitive hunter/jumpers until his father allowed him to begin a racing career at age 18. He said he knew he wanted to be a jockey from the time he was five ... Father passed away in 2003 ... Went to Southern California in Jan. 2003 to work as an exercise rider for trainer Patrick Biancone. As Leparoux’s riding talents became evident, Biancone made Leparoux his first-call rider ... Leparoux’s agent since the beginning of his career has been former jockey Steve Bass.
  • Owns riding titles at Turfway Park (shattered record for victories during the 2006 winter-spring and fall meets), Churchill Downs (first bug boy to do so since 1949, and also has won as a journeyman), and Keeneland (first apprentice in history to earn a title at the Lexington oval, and won his sixth riding title there in the fall of 2010).
  • Was involved in a dramatic spill during Keeneland’s 2006 spring meeting in which he was tossed over the rail just a few yards before the finish line ... Neither he nor his mount were injured and the moment was captured in a photograph that earned a media Eclipse Award.
  • Launched his career at Saratoga in 2005 and his first win came there aboard Easter Guardian on Aug. 18.
  • First stakes victory was on Feb. 11, 2006 at Turfway aboard Cat Quatorze in the Likely Exchange ... Earned his first Grade 1 victory on Aug. 12, 2006 aboard Gorella in the Beverly D. at Arlington Park.

Breeders' Cup Record

2006DistaffAsi Siempre2nd
 Filly & Mare TurfMauralakana (Fr)7th
 Juvenile FilliesHer Majesty13th
 MileGorella (Fr)7th
2007Filly & Mare SprintLa Traviata6th
 Filly & Mare TurfDanzon10th
 Juvenile FilliesIrish Smoke12th
 Juvenile TurfNownownow1st
 TurfShamdinan (Fr)2nd
2008Filly & Mare TurfForever Together1st
 Juvenile TurfNinth Client9th
2009ClassicEinstein (Brz)11th
 Dirt MileFurthest Land1st
 Filly & Mare SprintInformed Decision1st
 Filly & Mare TurfForever Together3rd
 Juvenile FilliesShe Be Wild1st
 Juvenile Fillies TurfLisa's Kitten10th
 Juvenile TurfBecky's Kitten9th
 Ladies' ClassicRainbow View5th
 TurfRed Rocks (Ire)5th
 Turf SprintSilver Timber6th
2010ClassicFly Down3rd
 Dirt MileCool Coal Man4th
 Filly & Mare SprintInformed Decision7th
 JuvenileRogue Romance3rd
 Juvenile FilliesHarlan's Ruby8th
 Juvenile Fillies TurfKathmanblu3rd
 Ladies' ClassicIt's Tea Time4th
 MarathonGabriel's Hill3rd
 MileSociety's Chairman9th
 SprintWarrior's Reward5th
 TurfAl khali7th
 Turf SprintSilver Timber5th
2011Dirt MileWilburn7th
 Filly & Mare TurfAruna5th
 Juvenile Fillies TurfCustomer Base11th
 Juvenile TurfDaddy Nose Best6th
 TurfAwait the Dawn7th
 Turf SprintCamp Victory7th
2012Filly & Mare SprintDust and Diamonds2nd
 Juvenile TurfBalance the Books3rd
 SprintSum of the Parts4th
 TurfKindergarten Kid6th
 Turf SprintCamp Victory11th

NOTE: Stats include North American and selected international races. Click here to view selected international race list.

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