04/25/2013 3:33PM

Keeneland: Rosario breaks meet record for wins


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Joel Rosario broke the spring meet record for wins at Keeneland on Thursday after booting home his third winner of the day in the track’s sixth race for his 33rd win.

Rosario, 28, broke the 32-win record held by Randy Romero, set in 1990. Almost certainly, the feat will allow him to top the spring meet standings when the Keeneland meet ends Friday, displacing Julien Leparoux, who has won the rider’s title at five consecutive Keeneland meets, including the last three fall meets.

Rosario has notched the majority of his wins on horses trained by Michael Maker and owned by Ken Ramsey, who have both already set new records for number of wins for a trainer and owner at the spring meet. With the win in the sixth, both Ramsey and Maker notched their 21st wins of the meet. The previous training record was 16, and the previous owner record was 12.

The fall meet record of 45 wins by a jockey was set in 1991 by Pat Day.