Updated on 06/20/2012 10:37AM

Belmont: Rosario shifting tack from California to New York

Barbara D. Livingston
Joel Rosario intends to begin riding full-time in New York on June 27.

Joel Rosario, among the leading riders in Southern California, will be moving his tack to Belmont Park beginning June 27, his agent Ron Ebanks said Sunday.

Ebanks said he and Rosario had been contemplating a move to New York for the last year but expedited the decision due to the collarbone injury suffered Saturday night at Churchill Downs by John Velazquez, which is expected to keep him out of action for two months.

Ebanks, speaking by phone from California, also said the “best horses are going to be back there,” in New York. “That’s the main reason we’re coming there.”

Ebanks said he has already reached out to several New York horsemen that plan to use Rosario, who was the leading rider at the Santa Anita Park meet with 89 wins and who is currently third in the standings at Betfair Hollywood Park with 24 wins.

“There are lots of problems, that’s not going to be one of them,” Ebanks said. “They won’t leave Joel in the jockeys’ room.”

Through Sunday, Rosario ranked ninth in North America in races won with 116 and sixth in purse money won with $6,169,966.

Rosario, 24, is currently serving a suspension handed him by the California stewards. He is expected to return Saturday at Hollywood Park, where he will ride Via Villaggio in the Grade 2, $150,000 Hollywood Oaks. Next Sunday, he will ride Capital Plan in the Grade 3, $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap, also at Hollywood.

Ebanks said Rosario would then come to New York and hope to begin riding June 27, the first day of the new condition book.

Rosario, a native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has 1,354 career victories and has finished in the top five in purse money won the last three years.

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HandicapperErni More than 1 year ago
what an interesting move he's making. am curious how he'll do since velazquez will probably miss half of saratoga. because in new york you have dominguez, castallano dominating the races even napravnik is 3rd right now and lezcano is right now 4th the last time i checked the standings. suprising that leparoux isn't doing that well as i had thought he would. it would suprise me if he did very well but it wouldn't suprise me if he leaves the middle of saratoga and comes back for the middle of del mar. i bet you anything this gives jockeys bejarano, talamo and even eswan flores a chance to win more races since rosario was dominating so.cal for the past 3 years. so will probably miss the head to head rivalry here in so.cal between rosario vs bejarano and now bejarano will probably have it easy. while talamo and e. flores will crack 2nd or 3rd for hol.park or del mar. i guess you can say if you can ride evenly with rafael bejarano then you can ride evenly with these east coast bunch but idk what's gonna happen
Jack More than 1 year ago
Joel is a Race Rider, Angel Codero was a Jockey, the East Coast boy's should make him WANT to go back to Calif. with ALL the other race riders.. Big difference between a Jockey and a Race rider.......................................
mrm More than 1 year ago
Roger DuFault More than 1 year ago
Jack,are you a descendant of Casey Stengal?
MGropenSDREADER More than 1 year ago
Opens the way for Bejarano to be the clear leader. (As an aside--the commentators who continually refer to NUMBER of wins vs. winning PERCENTAGE...for both jockeys and trainers...are pretty unsophisticated.)
Miguel Alvarez More than 1 year ago
He already establish himself in the states and moving to the east coast is a way to be close to home, Dominican Republic.
Kyle Stasierowski More than 1 year ago
Dear Mr. Grening, In my opinion Joel Rosario is such a good jockey that he'll be able to compete in New York. Also I believe he even might be able to beat Ramon Dominguez for either the Belmont and/or Saratoga riding title. Sincerely, Kyle Stasierowski 27-year-old loyal TVG viewer, HRTV Live Feed viewer, TVG Community, and your twitter follower from Alden, New York
georget More than 1 year ago
He will have to adapt to the tactics jocks in NY get away with coming out of the gate. hey are not going to like some one coming in and getting all the money
Derek More than 1 year ago
In other words, the casino-fed purses at Belmont make one a sucker to ride at BHP if he has the option not to.
The Dark Side More than 1 year ago
I like Joel, but it's time for him to try another circuit with lesser competition in the Jock room. Too much good talent in SoCal now, Joel saw the writing on the wall as his mounts steadily decreased along with his win rate. Good Luck to him, hope he does well.
Paul Patane More than 1 year ago
Only thing I wasnt crazy about Gulfstream was the paddock. Its so small. But overall the faciity is clean and nice different sections to choose on where to hang.
thomas j More than 1 year ago
The only thing I don't like about GP is that there is no grandstand area to sit and look out over the whole track. The owner (Frank Stronach) wants people inside where the casinos and many nice restaurants are situated. The tiki-oriented area half way up the stretch is a nice place to hang.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Another shoebox where the beautiful open -air grandstand sat !?!
Paul Patane More than 1 year ago
they should extend it longer......