05/01/2016 1:49PM

Jaramillo picks up Kentucky Derby mount on Majesto

Barbara D. Livingston
Majesto, second in the Florida Derby, will be ridden by Emiss Jaramillo for the first time in the Kentucky Derby.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockey Emisael Jaramillo has come a long ways in a short time. The all-time leading rider in Venezuela came to this country for the first time last fall, was among the leading riders at Gulfstream Park last winter, and now has picked up both his first Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks mounts.

Trainer Gustavo Delgado confirmed on Sunday that Jaramillo will ride Majesto in the Derby, Paola Queen in the Oaks, as well as Grand Tito in the Woodford Reserve. He'll also be aboard J R's Holiday for trainer Jose Garafolo, like Delgado a native Venezuela, in the Grade 2 American Turf.                                       

Jaramillo is no stranger to riding in major races. He has won Latin America's premier race for 3-year-olds, the Clasico Internacional del Caribe, four times and has also ridden three Venezuelan Triple Crown winners, Polo Grounds (2005), Taconeo (2007), and Water Jet (2010). He more recently went to Dubai, where he finished second, beaten a neck aboard X Y Jet, in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. 

The Derby will mark the first time Jaramillo has been aboard Majesto, who was ridden to his maiden win and second-place finish in the Grade 1 Florida Derby by Javier Castellano, or Paola Queen. He guided Grand Tito to two consecutive wins this winter at Gulfstream including a 1 1/4- length victory over Kaigun in the Grade 2 Mac Diarmida.   

Jaramillo, 39, is the all time leading jockey in Venezuela with more than 3,500 victories.


Jim Pitura More than 1 year ago
Use under in the super and tri
Cliff Amyotte More than 1 year ago
ok chucky
Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
When Jaramillo first started riding in Florida last summer, I had no idea who he was or where he was from. It didn't take long to see that he was an accomplished rider. He is a good gate jockey and rides equally well whether on the lead or off the pace. He puts a horse in a good position to win if good enough. I had mentioned this to a number of people a few months ago.
Lenin Barrios More than 1 year ago
Emisael has achieved several championships in Venezuela, maybe is not at level of Javier Castellano but with the experience that is gaining soon will see more often at that level, also this Santiago Gonzalez in California a rider perhaps with more resources than Jaramillo and after recover from an injury it really better ride also not lose sight Venezuelaes mecca of great jockeys the best rider of all is in Parx Racing ... believe it or not it is called Angel Castillo
Chuck Berger More than 1 year ago
Thanks for the information. It's always good to know.