PHOTO CREDIT: Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Joel Rosario is putting the finishing touches on one of the greatest years ever for a jockey. Some of the highlights include wins in the Dubai World Cup aboard Animal Kingdom, a Kentucky Derby victory with Orb and a riding title at Keeneland in the fall.
He currently leads the nation in wins and total purse earnings.
On Saturday, Rosario and Orb reunite at Saratoga for a showdown with three-year-old rivals in the Travers. The 28-year-old jockey from the Dominican Republic has never won a Travers but, with the year he’s had, why not? Rosario talks about how confident he is and the secret to his success, in this Jockey Journal (in Joel’s words from an interview with DanonymousRacing.com).
Orb & The Travers
Orb has been training well but it’s a tough race. There are a couple of really good horses in the race, like Verrazano and Palace Malice. Those horses, at three-years-old, they’re growing, they’ve been running and it looks like they’ve been running good races. For us, hopefully, coming back off the layoff, Orb will be in shape to try and win this race. I have confidence. He’s a good horse. Every time I go out, I have confidence and I think he has a good chance to win the race. If we can win this race, it would be great because this is one of the biggest races of the year and it’s at Saratoga. This is a very important race and it would be another step up for me too.
On an Incredible 2013
Coming from riding in California, where I did good, won a lot of races and won jockey titles, I knew it was going to be hard to move here (to New York). But I thought there would be more opportunities. My (success) I think is because I have had more opportunities to ride better horses. I think my agent (Ron Anderson) has been doing a good job for me.
I was kind of surprised that I won the Dubai World Cup and then, after that, the Kentucky Derby. In less than two months, to win two huge races like that was very important and special for me. I never thought I was going to win even one of those races and to go and win both was just great. The most special moment for me was the Kentucky Derby. I think that was one of the most special races of my career.
Rise in Popularity
I know about the fans (and the fan club on Twitter @RosarioFans_). It makes me feel like people are supporting me and they really like how I ride. So, that makes me really happy.
We thank Joel Rosario for sharing his thoughts on Jockey Journals on DanonymousRacing.com!