Julien Leparoux

Birth Date: Friday, July 15, 1983
Birth Place: Senlis, France

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Mounts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
4 1 1 1 $105,571
Career: Spent the winter of 2012-2013 at Santa Anita Park, where he finished among the top 10 riders in wins (28) and money earned ($1.7 million). Shipped to Gulfstream to win the Honey Fox (G2) with Centre Court. Led all riders in money won during the Keeneland spring meet with $1.5 million earnings. Came to Gulfstream last winter to win the Honey Fox (G2) with Centre Court. Won the Blue Grass (G1) aboard Java's War, the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2) with Stephanie's Kitten, the Test (G1) with Sweet Lulu and Del Mar Oaks (G1) with Discreet Marq. 
 
He finished third in both races-won and purse earnings during Gulfstream's 2011-12 meeting, during which he captured six stakes: Grade 2 Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (Union Rags), Grade 3 Canadian Turf (Doubles Partner), Grade 2 Honey Fox (Tapitsfly), Grade 2 Pan American (Newsdad), Grade 3 Skip Away (Fort Larned) and South Beach (Thai Haku). Leparoux subsequently added his eighth riding title at Keeneland in the spring.
 
He finished second in purses-won for the 2011 Gulfstream meeting, during which he rode Dialed In for victories in the Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth (G2) and Florida Derby (G1). 
 
He’s one of only four jockeys to win Eclipse Awards as an apprentice (2006) and a journeyman (2009). 
 
He won the Bill Shoemaker Award after riding three winners in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup races: Informed Decision (Filly and Mare Sprint), She Be Wild (Juvenile Fillies) and Furthest Land (Dirt Mile). He has had two other Breeders’ Cup successes: Forever Together (2008 Filly and Mare Turf) and Nownownow (2007 Juvenile Turf).
 
He enjoyed a record-setting apprentice season, riding a national best 403 winners, as well as amassing $12,491,316 in purses, the most by an apprentice in racing history. He owns nine riding titles at Churchill Downs.
 
Other: His father Robert, who passed away in 2003, was a jockey who became an assistant trainer in France. 
 
He traveled to Southern California in January of 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. 
 
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 18.