Meet jockey Joe Rocco Jr. on Saturday at Keeneland

Jockey Joe Rocco Jr., 31st this year on the earnings list, is a third-generation horseman.
Jockey Joe Rocco Jr., 31st this year on the earnings list, is a third-generation horseman.

Up-and-comer Joe Rocco Jr. is the featured jockey Saturday, when top-notch riders sign autographs and take questions from fans.

He will appear in the paddock at 12:05 p.m.

Rocco, son of jockey Joe Rocco, is ranked 31st in earnings this year.

Commemorative autograph books, featuring profile pages of several jockeys riding at Keeneland, will be available for $5 during the Sunrise Trackside activities each Saturday morning and in the Keeneland Gift Shop. All proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.


Joe Rocco Jr.

Born: July 19, 1982, in Hollywood, Fla.

First Grade 1 win: 2013 Ogden Phipps Handicap at Belmont Park on Tiz Miz Sue

First graded stakes win: 2012 Azeri Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park on Tiz Miz Sue

First stakes win: 2003 Legal Lights Stakes at Delaware Park on House Party


All figures current as of Wednesday.

Keeneland wins: 12

Keeneland stakes wins: 1


All figures current as of Wednesday.

Starts: 8,671

First-place finishes: 1,082

Earnings: $30.6 million

Average earnings per start: $3,530

SOURCES: Keeneland,


Keeneland Fall Meet

When: Through Oct. 26. Gates open at 11 a.m.; first post at 1:05 p.m. No racing Mondays and Tuesdays.

Where: Keeneland Race Course, 4201 Versailles Rd.

Tickets: $5 general admission

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


Highlights during the fall meet include:

Oct. 18: Friday Pick 4: $200,000 guaranteed pool offered on last four races of day.

Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26: Tailgating on The Hill. Next to Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, The Hill will feature food trucks, a jumbo TV with Keeneland racing and SEC college football, live bluegrass music on Saturdays, more.

Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26: Craft Beer Tent. Tent in North Terrace will serve local craft beers.

Oct. 19, 26: America's Best Racing. Ambassadors will conduct betting seminars and offer giveaways on The Hill.

Oct. 19, 26: Sunrise Trackside. Family-friendly activities beginning at 7 a.m. with Breakfast With the Works, featuring a 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 (8:45 a.m.); walking tours of Keeneland (8:30-10:30 a.m.); trackside handicapping seminar (11:30 a.m.); and Q&A session with Keeneland jockey in paddock (12:05 p.m.).

Oct. 23: "Wins-day" 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 free appetizer from Drake's.

Oct. 18: College Scholarship Day. Free admission for full-time students, who may register in College Zone in North Terrace to win a $1,000 scholarship awarded after each of the day's 10 races. First 1,000 students to register get free T-shirts and hats. Music; food from Qdoba, Raising Cane's, Core Power and Drake's; photos; and prize drawings.

Oct. 18, 19: Trunk show. With Vineyard Vines, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in Keeneland Gift Shop.

Oct. 20: Heroes Day. All military (active duty and veterans), first responders and their families get free admission and reserved grandstand seating.

Oct. 26: Fan Appreciation Day. Free sample of bread pudding, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in North Terrace.