Joe Bravo

Birth Date: Friday, September 10, 1971
Birth Place: Long Branch, NJ

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Mounts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
282 30 36 30 $1,231,583

Career: Perennial leader in New Jersey and Florida and finished among Gulfstream’s top 10 riders last season in wins and money won. Finished second in earnings and third in wins over the summer at Monmouth Park. He finished in the top three at Monmouth 58 percent of the time. Rode Big Blue Kitten to victory in the United Nations (G1) this summer and Summer Applause to win the Lady's Secret. He rode Here to Win for a victory in the The Very One (G3) and rode Little Mike to three Grade 3 victories at Gulfstream in 2010, teamed with the Dale Romans-trained gelding for a Grade 1 triumph in 2011 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. 

 
“Jersey Joe” is closing in on 5000 winners during his career. 
 
He tied with Edgar Prado for second in the 2004 Gulfstream standings while riding the most horses that year. . He is often the choice of national stables when they ship to New Jersey, and that reputation led to winning rides aboard Notional in the 2008 Salvator Mile for Doug O’Neill, on Anak Nakal in the Pennsylvania Derby for Nick Zito, J Z Warrior in three stakes for Bill Mott and as a regular partner with J’Ray for Todd Pletcher.
 
Gulfstream was the site of his first major victory when he rode Formal Gold in the 1997 Donn Handicap. He’s also won Grade 1 stakes, taking the 2004 Haskell at Monmouth Park with Lion Heart and the 2003 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga aboard Valid Video. He is nicknamed “Jersey Joe,” not only because that’s where he’s from but also for his dominance of the circuit. He has 13 Monmouth Park riding championships along with eight Meadowlands riding titles.  Other: Bravo is a third-generation jockey, following his grandfather Bartolo and father George into the business. He started out riding Quarter Horses at age 13 in Texas. He became a professional aboard thoroughbreds in 1987.
 
Other: Bravo is a third-generation jockey, following his grandfather Bartolo and father George into the business. He started out riding Quarter Horses at age 13 in Texas. He became a professional aboard thoroughbreds in 1987.