John R Velazquez is a jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing from Puerto Rican. He was born on November 24th in the year 1971. He was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. After attending a jockey school for a year and a half he learned to ride. In the year 1990, on January 3rd at El Nuevo Comandante racetrack in Canóvanas, he won his first race. Later he moved to New York State, where he obtained guidance from leading jockey Angel Cordero Jr in the same year. He learned English with his Cordero’s daughter as he stayed with Cordero. He was married to Leona O’Brien. She is the daughter of his trainer, Leo O’Brien. He has two kids Lerina and Michael Patrick. He is best known for “nerves-of-steel” and his cool riding manner. He is the president of the board of the Jockeys’ Guild and on the board of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
About his career life. In the year 1990, after moving to the United States, he won his first stakes race at Aqueduct Racetrack. He won his first Grade I stakes race in the year 1995. In the year 1996, at Aqueduct he won his first riding title. In the year 1998, he won the first of five riding awards at Saratoga. On September 3rd in the year 2001, he set a Saratoga record with six wins in one day. In the year 2004, on July 29th at Saratoga, he earned his 3,000th win aboard Running for president. With a record 65 winners, he was the leading rider at the Saratoga meet.
He awarded the Bill Shoemaker Award for top Breeders’ Cup. In the year 2011 and the year 2014, he twice won the Shoemaker Award. He was the 2004 leading jockey. He won the 2004 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in the same year. In the year 2005, he broke the national earnings record set in the year 2003 by Jerry Bailey. He won the second Eclipse Award. He won at fifteen different tracks in the United States, Canada, and Dubai.
On April 20th in the year 2006, Velaquez was seriously injured, but he was able to return for the Belmont Stakes in June. In the year 2009, he was awarded the Santa Anita George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. He had already earned 24 racing titles at Aqueduct by the time. He rode Quality Road in the same year. He later rode Dunkirk to second place. On May 7th in the year 2011, he won his first Kentucky Derby. He rode Animal Kingdom again at the 136th Preakness Stakes. In the year 2012 won his third Triple Crown Race aboard Union Rags. He won the Breeders’ Cup Mile on the gelding, Wise Dan. He was introduced to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In the year 2013, he reached several milestones.
Velazquez won his 5,000th race at Belmont Park on June 14th. He became the all-time leading money winner among North Americans on October 13th. In the year 2017, he won the 2017 Kentucky Derby riding Always Dreaming, and at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, he won both the Distaff. He earned his win number 6000 aboard Singapore Trader on November 30th in the year 2018. He was thrown from the saddle off at the start of the race by Bodexpress, while the horse was running without him on May 18th in the year 2019 at Preakness Stakes. He won the third Kentucky Derby after riding Authentic to victory on September 5th in the year 2020. He won the 147th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1st in the year 2021. He is the president of the board of the Jockeys’ Guild and on the board of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.
Net Worth Of John R Velazquez.
John Velazquez, as of the year 2021, has a net worth estimated to be around 300 million dollars. He received 10% of first-place prize money when he won the 147th Kentucky Derby. He is the first rider to reach 300 million dollars in earnings. He is one of the Richest Horse Rider from Puerto Rico. He has made such a sum of wealth from his major career as Horse Jockey.