Born: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Residence: Duarte, CA
Racing background: A winner of nearly 1,800 career races, Rosario captured his first Kentucky Derby (G1) in 2013 with Florida Derby (G1) winner Orb. Rosario won 275 races, 30 graded stakes and a career-high $21.5 million in purses last year, and his victory on Animal Kingdom in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (G1) made him the first jockey to win both it and the Derby in the same year. A finalist for the Eclipse Award as top jockey, Rosario was leading the country in wins and purses when he was sidelined in August with a broken foot. Has won riding titles at Keeneland, Del Mar, Hollywood Park and Santa Anita. A mainstay on the southern California circuit, he moved his tack to New York in June 2012. The most successful Dominican jockey ever, he came to the U.S. in 2006.
J. Armando Rodriguez
Residence: Caracas, Venezuela
Racing/professional background: Introduced to racing by his grandfather, who took him to the track when he was 9 years old. He was inspired to own horses when he saw owners in Venezuela arriving at the races in limousines. Owned a string of betting parlors in his native country, but was forced to sell them due to the difficult economic and political climate in Venezuela. Owns and runs horses in both Venezuela and the United States. General a Rod is named for his owner.
Michael J. Maker
Born: Garden City, MI
Residence: Louisville, KY
Racing background: Maker, 45, enjoyed a career year in 2013 in both races won (228) and purses earned ($8.3 million), while claiming training titles at Churchill Downs (spring) and Keeneland (spring and fall). Trained 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Hansen to a perfect 3-0 season and the 2-year-old male championship. Saddled Furthest Land, a horse he claimed for $35,000, to a win in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and won the 2012 Jamaica (G1) with Joha, another claimer. Maker won his 1,000th career race in March 2013 at Fair Grounds, and also owns training titles at Turfway Park, Kentucky Downs and Ellis Park. He learned the ropes from his father, retired trainer George Maker, before spending 10 years (1993-2003) as an assistant to D. Wayne Lukas.
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