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Birth Date: Friday, July 15, 1983
Birth Place: Senlis, France
|2011 Gulfstream Record|
Career: He finished second last winter in money won, trailing only John Velazquez. He won the Florida Derby (G1) and Holy Bull (G3) with Dialed In, the Skip Away (G3) with S.S. Stone and Honey Fox (G3) with Never Retreat. Other graded winners in 2011 included eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) winner My Miss Aurelia, Doubles Partner, Quiet Giant, Wasted Tears, Derby Kitten and Kathmanblu He ran away with the Keeneland fall meet in wins and money won and finished fourth in wins and fifth in money won at Saratoga. He’s one of only four jockeys to win Eclipse Awards as apprentice (2006) and journeyman (2009). He won 2010 Davona Dale (Amen Hallelujah) and Inside Information (Warbling)...Winner of the Bill Shoemaker Award after riding three winners in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup races (Informed Decision, She Be Wild and Furthest Land)… Enjoyed a record-setting apprentice season that year. Was the nation’s leading rider with 403 wins and earnings of $12,491,316, the most by an apprentice in racing history. ... Owns riding titles at Turfway Park (shattered record for victories during the 2006 winter-spring and fall meets), Churchill Downs (first bug boy to do so since 1949, then again in 2008), and Keeneland (first apprentice in history to earn a title at the Lexington oval, and again in Spring 2007, and Spring 2008).
Finished the 2006 Saratoga meet with 28 wins, the most in track history by an apprentice.
Other: His father Robert, who passed away in 2003, was a jockey who became an assistant trainer in France. ... Came 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.