06/21/2011 12:01AM

Making noise in New York: Ryan Curatolo


Jockey Ryan Curatolo was standing tall in the saddle Saturday at Belmont after his first stakes victory.  The next day, he was whisked to the hospital for x-rays after falling from his mount before the first race.  

Yet it's obvious that, the way this 19-year-old apprentice rides, many more stakes-winning days lie ahead.

The young Frenchman, who speaks English well, sports a charmingly polite style and an engaging smile. Ryan often removes his helmet when making introductions, his Facebook page mentions he speaks English and Italian (in addition to his native French), and his smile?  Well, it's obvious he's not just riding winners.  He's riding on Cloud 9.

And why not?  After arriving stateside in October - and riding this winter in Florida - Ryan's already making noise at Belmont Park.  Lots of noise.  From his remarkable four-bagger on May 21 (one mount paid $108.50...cha-ching!) through his first stakes win - aboard Street Game in the G3 Hill Prince (without his usual 5-pound weight allowance) - he's proving he can really ride. Through Sunday, he stands fifth in the NYRA jockey standings.  

Ryan Curatolo:

Birthdate: April 29, 1992 

Birth place:  Marseille, France

Height: 5' 5"

Favorite food:  Lasagna

Favorite movie:  A Bronx Tale, with Robert DeNiro

Favorite car:  Porsche

Favorite vacation spot: Bora Bora

Favorite jockey:  Frankie Dettori

Favorite friend in the New York jockey room:  Cornelio Velasquez

Day-off routine: Enjoys going to the movies, having a good meal, studying race replays to help with upcoming races

Tuesday a.m. routine: Visits countryman Patrick Biancone to breeze horses and learn more about riding 

Favorite music: Classical in the morning for relaxation, rap in the afternoon, and, in his words, "at night I put Mama Mia for sleep, LOLLLLLLLLL..."

Above:  Ryan Curatolo and Rajiv Maragh, Belmont Park, June 2011.

Above:  At Gulfstream Park, Florida, in February 2011.

Above and below:  Flying Zee Stables' Street Game, with Ryan Curatolo up, wins the G3 Hill Prince on  June 18, 2011.  It was Curatolo's first stakes victory. Congratulations!

Street Game's victory in the Hill Prince at Belmont Park: YouTube - Street Game - 2011 Hill Prince (G3)

Daily Racing Form article about Ryan Curatolo, May 26, 2011: Belmont Park: Curatolo makes quick impact as apprentice rider | Daily Racing Form 

alex johnson More than 1 year ago
Great story and photos Barbara. I was at Belmont a few weeks ago when Ryan C. was doing very well, and grabbed my attention. Keep up the great work, and to DRF and the editor please keep these really reat photo essays coming, for us visual people especially!!!
Lou More than 1 year ago
Barbara, after reading your praise of young Curatolo I am wondering what specifically it is that you observed about this young man that causes you to believe he has so much ability? Your quote suggests that he will have success but does not say why. "The way this nineteen year old apprentice rides many more stakes- winning days lie ahead". Just exactly what way is it that he rides. Can you give me some details? >
johnfromdowntown More than 1 year ago
Kudos to Ms. Livingston on a another series of great photos. She is getting to be DRF's new PEB with her artistry.
pete More than 1 year ago
If he is like the rest of the frenchmen he will be afraid to come thru on the rail. Can't we grow a homegrown jockey anymore? You can not trust the french.
Valentine Young More than 1 year ago
Over the last month I have noticed the ability of young Ryan. I mentioned to a friend of that this apprentice is riding like a veteran ,with poise- balance and very good timing. He has a bright future and looks like he would not be staying an apprentice for long. I am also happy to say that I played his horse Street Game when he and horse won their first Stakes race. I wish him Good Luck and God guidance in his career.
NP1M40Y More than 1 year ago
3 pics up and the horse IS striding out, but Ryan Curatolo, sans whip (that would be without), is waving to the paparazzi with 40 yds to go. I'd call that - Winning In (one) Hand. Funny. And thanks.
Dorothy Ours More than 1 year ago
Thank you for introducing the person behind that heady Hill Prince ride. Well wishes to him!
patty kemsit More than 1 year ago
this kid is tremendous!!at least he try all the time ..defending everybody..owners..trainers..and of courses all the people betting!!hes always nice with the fans and the best trainers trust him..its sign no???wish lot and safe carreer
SUMMERINTOGA More than 1 year ago
Great little piece about a kid that can really-REALLY ride. I hope he continues to make noise on the track. Isn't it time we had a real feel-good story in the sport? I know he will never get the mounts to take the Saratoga title.... but one can only dream- Hey didn't a young kid just win the US Open in golf?
hialeah More than 1 year ago
Hi Barbara, I suppose I first noticed Ryan Curtolo's name down at Gulfstream Park over this past winter. Maybe I saw it in the fall, but this past winter REALLY makes one take notice. In addition to Patrick L. Biancone, I believe that Shug McGaughey III also used him down there. So it is not really a surprise that he is dedicated and can ride with a leg up from those two Greats! To see Phil Serpe and Flying Zee Stable using him....well... the "live ones" should just keep on coming! Good luck and thanks for the profile. And if he we're to win a Graded Stakes Race at the Spa? I would not be surprised to hear a refrain from La Marseillaise down by the Winner's Circle. And cheers! tyb