10/27/2013 2:20PM

Santa Anita: Jockey Leparoux to leave California to ride at Churchill, Gulfstream

Barbara D. Livingston
Julien Leparoux was tied for eighth in the jockeys’ standings at the Santa Anita autumn meeting with eight wins through Saturday.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Jockey Julien Leparoux will relocate from Southern California to ride in Kentucky and Florida in the coming months, he said Sunday.

Leparoux plans to ride at Santa Anita through the end of the meeting next Sunday. His first day of riding at Churchill Downs will be Wednesday, Nov. 6. Leparoux plans to ride through that track’s autumn meeting, which ends Nov. 30, before moving to Gulfstream Park.

“I just want to come back to the East Coast,” he said of the decision.

Through Saturday, Leparoux was tied for eighth in the jockeys’ standings at the Santa Anita autumn meeting with eight wins. Earlier this year, he finished eighth at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting with 28 wins, ninth at the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting with 18 wins, and tied for fifth at Del Mar with 25 wins.

Leparoux, 30, will be represented by Steve Bass when he returns to Churchill Downs. Bass has represented Rosie Napravnik, who is relocating this fall to Fair Grounds, where she will be represented by agent Derek Ducoing. Bass also has booked mounts on behalf of Alan Garcia, who now will be represented by Donnie Richardson during the Churchill Downs autumn meeting.

Leparoux, the champion apprentice rider of 2006, has been a leading rider at Churchill Downs and Keeneland in the past. He relocated to Southern California in November 2012 and married the former Shea Mitchell, the daughter of trainer Mike Mitchell, last fall.

– additional reporting by Marty McGee

David More than 1 year ago
What's the big deal, racing is on its last legs and is not relevant any longer
Kram Hslew More than 1 year ago
I guess the honeymoon is over.
Judy Fraizer More than 1 year ago
Shea is a trainer's brat, she knows the drill. They looked very happy the other day...
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
leparoux is a good jock..the numbers prove it...I do feel he has no friends amongst the other jocks judging by how they try to ride him and box him in specially in new York.maybe he needs to learn Spanish.
will More than 1 year ago
Letting you all in on a secret sleeper jockey : Edwin Maldonado, finally getting some mounts in BC, two of them big long shots. While its nice to follow some top jocks, people like Stevens and Rosario, they get lower odds simply for who they are. From a betting standpoint you have to look for some underdogs.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Candyman is no joke
wolves More than 1 year ago
he should race in NY....I've never seen the NY colony so weak as it is now....other than Johnny, Rosario, Lezcano and now Esquivel, they're all useless.....including jay jay
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
Agreed. Sadly... the caliber of races matches the jocks. Statebred racing 2/3 the time sucks
Geral John Pinault More than 1 year ago
The loss of Graydar moves ALPHA up a lot! Golden Cents will be in front in the stretch and Alpha will run him down at the wire as GC seems to love running second! Now let's hope that Johnny V rides him back and rides him again like he did in the Woodward!!!
Frank Raspy More than 1 year ago
Great insight on an article about Jockey Julien Leparoux! No surprise.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Good move, now has a chance to pick up TC mounts & preps, paid off for Rosario last year, stays in CA, NEVER rides Orb ect...JL stays in CA, rides Lukas 30-1 shots, 3yr olds. Assume old lady is going with,,........Look at Bejarano, doesn't get much out of town
priority peeved More than 1 year ago
MR More than 1 year ago
wolves More than 1 year ago
CC Lopez...please come the AQU....the boneheads in NY refuse to ride on the front end....you'll win plenty of races that you shouldn't win and I'll cash some tickets. God, I miss Ramon and CC.
wolves More than 1 year ago
always great to cash a ticket on CC when he isn't on the best horse, then hear John Imbriale give the emphasis on C! C! Lopez when he returns to the winner's circle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
and I love when john I calls and the rider is c c lopez
Bugsy Anderson More than 1 year ago
I thought I was the only one that thought that
Luca Brasi More than 1 year ago
Wondered why he would stay in Cal for 6 horse races when he could ride at Saratoga in 12 horse races. More mounts more chances to make money.
Boyd Cord More than 1 year ago
yeah agree, Saratoga, Keenelend/Belmont, Churchhill, (a month break) , Gulfstream, Keeneland/Churchill/Belmont.
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
rode 4 sun, if stays sleeps with the fishes