04/20/2012 5:58PM

Keeneland: Leparoux wins six on card

Keeneland/Coady Photography
Kathmanblu (right), with Julien Leparoux riding, falls a neck short to Pachattack in the Doubledogdare at Keeneland on Friday, denying Leparoux his seventh victory of the day.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Julien Leparoux matched a record shared by two other jockeys in riding six winners at Keeneland on Friday. His riding achievement matched the win mark shared by jockeys Randy Romero and Craig Perret, who each won six races apiece on different days during the spring meet at Keeneland in 1990.

Leparoux had a chance to own the record outright if he had won the featured Doubledogdare, but his mount, Kathmanblu, finished second, beaten a neck by favored Pachattack in a stirring stretch duel.

"It was a great day, you know," said Leparoux. "I rode eight, win six, and a second and fourth. Coming into today, I knew I had a lot of shots, but you still have to win them."

Leparoux's six winners were consistently well backed, with most going off favored, although his hot-riding ways likely contributing to their odds dropping on the card as his win total increased.

Into the Fray gave him his record-tying victory in race 8 when she won a maiden race for longtime supporters, trainer Mike Maker and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey. She paid $8, the highest mutuel of Leparoux's six winners.

ECarlos727 More than 1 year ago
Julien outright can ride!!! He's not the best but dude is the best at timing his runs. Plenty of times he knows when to hit the gas. Not the best looking guy on the horse but doesn't matter if you hit the wire first.
Anton Novak Jr. More than 1 year ago
biggest payoff $8.00 all chalk big deal
Bill Wolesensky More than 1 year ago
Leparoux is dead weight on a horse...absolutely no action and sits very stiff. Sure he got 6 wins today ALL on HORSES that should of won (many other of the jocks at Keenelend would also of won 6 or more on his horses) . Congrats should definitely go to his AGENT, who is absolutely one of the best in the game to get people to actually believe that Leparoux is a great jockey (Leps gulfstream numbers were very similar to lezcano, another pretty average upper echelon jockey). BTW, Borel is also dead weight on his horses, he is just a damn smart rider that takes advantage of all the rail scared riders out there. Oh how the game has changed that now most riders view the rail as a disadvantage. Kudos for Borel for being more gutsy than most other riders (Paco Lopez might become the next Borel...damn good rail rider). In most cases it is the agent that makes the rider. Few riders are good enough on their own to actually make much of a difference (some that can include; Gomez, Kent D. (when he wants to...like this year when he wins the Derby), John V., and a few others). The ones that can make a difference actually have great strength and good action. About 15 years ago, when he was younger, I actually saw Kent D. drop the reins on his horse in the stretch and just go to riding (switching hands multiple times with the whip etc.). Unbelievable. Oh, and he did it in a claiming race, which make it even better. I know that anymore Kent doesn't always ride hard in every race, but 15 years ago a guy like Leparoux would not be near the top in any major race track. But as I said earlier, how the game has changed. About the best thing that Leparoux has going for him is that he tries, to the best of his ability, most horse that he rides. That is actually a rarity in the game today, which makes me actually like Leparoux. But lets be honest, he is a pretty average rider in the upper echelon of riders.
Bellwether4U More than 1 year ago
bo rail couldn't wear his JOCK STRAP...PERIOD...
mike More than 1 year ago
Calvin Borel is like a person who hits the lottery with his derby wins-average jock on best day-look at his saratoga numbers 4 wins in 2 years!
OwenJ More than 1 year ago
Good show by Leparoux! How will he fare among the big boys at Churchill Downs in May? Somehow he seems just a notch below riders like Mike Smith, Kent Desormaux, and Calvin Borel.
MR More than 1 year ago
Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Hilarious.
Dave Leiters More than 1 year ago
Where is the person who said Mario Gutierrez was a better rider than this guy? Haha, that was the funniest thing I heard in a long time.
Bruce Baudoux More than 1 year ago
oh, that must have been Mario Gutierrez
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
People talk soo much about crap about Leparoux but yet he stills proves them wrong by doing things like this...he is a top jockey in the US and people better look out for him at Churchill because he owns that track too