Joel Rosario

Birth Date: Monday, January 14, 1985
Birth Place: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Mounts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
430 89 69 68 $3,388,029
Career: Rosario certainly made his presence felt during his first winter at Gulfstream in 2012-2013 by finishing second in wins and third in money earned. Won two Claiming Crown events to kick off the meet and won the Davona Dale (G2) with Live Lively. The rest of season included victories in the Gazelle (G2) with Close Hatches, the Gotham (G3) with Vyjack, and the E.P. Taylor (G1) with Tannery. Missed part of the year while recuperating from a broken foot. Won riding titles at Santa Anita (2010-2011); Hollywood Park (spring/summer 2009, 2010, 2011; fall, 2009. 2010); Del Mar (2009, 2010, 2011).
Personal: Grew up on a ranch outside Santo Domingo where horses were the main source of transportation. Says he had 20 brothers and sisters. "I didn't know anything about racing until one of my brothers, who liked to gamble, took me to the track. He thought I could ride because I was small and a good athlete." Received his jockey's license at the age of 14 and spent the next six months learning his trade at jockey's school. Won four riding titles at Santo Domingo before former trainer Herbert Soto arranged for him to go to California.