Keeneland jockeys in the spotlight

Keeneland jockeys in the spotlight: Joel Rosario

April 3, 2014 

Joel Rosario during 2013 Keeneland Spring Meet



    Keeneland Spring Meet

    When: April 4-25. Gates open at 11 a.m.; first post at 1:05 p.m. No racing Mondays and Tuesdays or Easter Sunday, April 20.

    Where: Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Rd.

    Tickets: $5 general admission

    Learn more: (859) 254-3412, 1-800-456-3412,


    Highlights during the meet include:

    April 4: Opening day and College Scholarship Day. Admission free with a college ID. Full-time students may register in the College Zone in the North Terrace to win one of 10 $1,000 scholarships and prizes from local vendors after each of the day's races. The first 2,000 students to register will receive a free T-shirt courtesy of Kennedy's Wildcat Den or a Vineyard Vines baseball hat. Music; free snacks from Qdoba, Raising Cane's and Drake's; games and prizes from Orange Leaf.

    April 4: Vineyard Vines trunk show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Keeneland Gift Shop.

    April 4, 11, 18: Friday Pick 4 Presented by TVG. A $200,000-guaranteed pool will be offered on races 6-9.

    April 5, 11, 12, 18, 19: Craft Beer Tent featuring craft beers including Country Boy, Kentucky Ale Kolsch, Land Shark, Shock Top, Sierra Nevada and Sweetwater. North Terrace patio.

    April 5, 12, 19: Sunrise Trackside. Family friendly activities beginning at 7 a.m. with Breakfast With the Works, featuring Southern-style breakfast and trackside commentary on Thoroughbreds as they train (until 8:30 a.m.); children's activities (7-9 a.m.); equine-related demonstration in paddock (9 a.m.); walking tours of Keeneland (8-10 a.m.); trackside handicapping seminar (11:30 a.m.); Q&A session with Keeneland jockey in paddock (12:05 p.m.). Photos with bugler Steve Buttleman.

    April 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25: Tailgating at The Hill, adjacent to Keene Barn and Entertainment Center. Food trucks, jumbo TV, wireless wagering and wagering terminals, race-day programs, a Keeneland Gift Shop kiosk and free shuttles to the track. Live bluegrass music on Saturdays.

    April 6: Military Day at the Races. Free general admission for all active and inactive members of the military and their families. Free food, live music, children's activities and more on North Terrace. Meet-and-greet with Army Sgt. Dallas Robinson, a member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic bobsled team.

    April 9, 16, 23: "Wins-day" Challenge handicapping contest. Register at Wagering Central. $10 entry fee. Guaranteed $2,500 pool. First 200 to register will receive a Daily Racing Form and a card for an appetizer at Malone's.

    April 10-13: Meet milliner Christine A. Moore. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Keeneland Gift Shop.

    April 11: Maker's Mark commemorative bottle signing. Bottle sales start April 4 at retail locations across Kentucky and benefit UK HealthCare's Gill Heart Institute.

    April 11, 12: Bosom Buddy Bags trunk show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Keeneland Gift Shop.

    April 12: All-Stakes Pick 4. $300,000 guaranteed featuring races 8-11, the Shakertown (G3), Madison (G3), Jenny Wiley (G1) and Toyota Blue Grass (G1).

    April 12: All-Stakes Pick 5. $300,000 guaranteed featuring races 7-11, the Commonwealth (G3), Shakertown (G3), Madison (G1), Jenny Wiley (G1), and Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1).

    April 13: Horses and Hope Pink Day to raise breast cancer awareness. Nearly 30 retired and active female jockeys will sign commemorative fundraising poster by Peb.

    April 18: 50 to 1 movie tour celebrating Mine That Bird's victory in the 2009 Derby. Appearance by Mine That Bird and a fan meet-and-greet with actors from the movie.

    April 18: It's My Derby fund-raiser. Includes panel discussion and VIP reception with Stuart Janney, 2013 Derby winner Orb's co-owner and breeder, and Orb trainer Shug McGaughey; trainer Barclay Tagg, winner of the 2003 Derby and Preakness with Funny Cide; and two-time Derby-winning jockey Chris McCarron. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will moderate the panel. Proceeds benefit Kentucky Derby Museum. In Keeneland Sales Pavilion.

    April 18, 19: Dorfman Pacific trunk show. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Keeneland Gift Shop.

    April 19: Kids Club Easter Egg Hunt. Plus baby chicks, bunnies and other animals from Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. 9 a.m. North Terrace Lawn.

    April 23: TVG Hat Giveaway. First 1,000 patrons with paid admission get voucher for a free TVG hat.

    April 24: Herald-Leader Subscriber Appreciation Day. Free general admission for all Herald-Leader subscribers with the coupon from the front page of the April 24 edition. Meet Herald-Leader personalities.

    April 25: Concert on the Lawn featuring Laura Bell Bundy and Sundy Best. Benefits Markey Cancer Center. Immediately after races on Clubhouse Lawn.

One of Lexington's rites of spring, the Keeneland race meet, opens Friday for Thoroughbred horse racing — and a lot of hoopla surrounding it — through April 25.

Each Saturday, the track will feature top-notch jockeys signing autographs and taking fans' questions.

First up is the reigning winner of the Kentucky Derby, jockey, Joel Rosario. He will appear in the paddock for a Q&A session with fans at 12:05 p.m. Saturday.


Joel Rosario

Born: Jan. 14, 1985, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Keeneland wins: 44

Keeneland Stakes wins: 7

First Grade 1 win: 2009 at La Brea at Santa Anita in California on Evita Argentina

First graded stakes win: 2008 San Pasqual (G2) at Santa Anita on Zappa

First stakes win: 2007 Luck of the Irish at Bay Meadows in California on Dealer Choice

Triple Crown highlights: Won 2013 Kentucky Derby on Orb. Third in 2013 Belmont Stakes on Orb. Third in 2012 Preakness Stakes on Creative Cause. Third in 2011 Belmont on Brilliant Speed.


All figures current as of Wednesday.

Starts: 9,499

First-place finishes: 1,806

Earnings: $96.9 million

Average earnings per start: $10,196

SOURCES: Keeneland,

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