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.
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.
First-place finishes: 1,806
Earnings: $96.9 million
Average earnings per start: $10,196
SOURCES: Keeneland, Equibase.com