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Albin Jimenez Earns First Career Riding Title

Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:30 PM
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Albin Jimenez Earns First Career Riding Title
Mike Maker Again Takes Training Title

FLORENCE, Ky. (Jan. 2, 2014) – After finishing second among Turfway riders the previous two race meets, jockey Albin Jimenez led all riders for the track’s 2013 holiday meet to earn his first career title.

With 19 wins from 126 mounts, the 22-year-old Panamanian topped a colony that included previous meet leaders Norberto Arroyo Jr., Victor Lebron, Dean Sarvis, Perry Ouzts, Ben Creed, Roberto Morales, and Rodney Prescott.

Arroyo, who won the title the previous two meets, was second for the holiday meet with 15 wins from 67 mounts, and five-time titlist Lebron was third with 14 wins from 68 mounts.

Jimenez is a graduate of the Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey Training Academy at Presidente Remon Racetrack near Panama City, Panama. He arrived in the United States in 2010, riding first at Calder Race Course in Florida before moving to New York and then Kentucky.  He plans to remain at Turfway through the winter/spring meet, which closes March 29, and then move his tack to Keeneland for that track’s spring meet, said his agent, Bert Crawford.

Saddling seven winners from 30 starters during the holiday meet, Mike Maker took home his 13th title as Turfway Park’s leading trainer. The title was his sixth for a holiday meet and his fourth holiday meet title in a row.

Luis Jurado saddled 5 winners from 17 starters to rank second among trainers. Tied for third with four winners each were newcomer Olivo Inirio (30 starters), Jeff Greenhill (23), Shawn Murphy (19), and Jeff Radosevich (14).

Maker’s collection of Turfway titles ranks second only to Bernie Flint’s 20.  Overall Maker has 26 stakes wins at Turfway, third behind D. Wayne Lukas with 37 and Flint with 31. Maker holds the Turfway record for most training wins in one day, taking five on Sept. 24, 2011, including three of the five Kentucky Cup stakes races run that day. 

Topping the meet’s list of leading owners was the perennial powerhouse stable of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who had six winners from 16 starters. The title was the ninth at Turfway for the Ramseys.  Inirio and Ron Paolucci’s Loooch Racing Stable tied for second with four winners each, Inirio from 30 starters and Paolucci from 11.

The holiday meet ran from Dec. 1 through Dec. 31 and covered 19 race cards, one of which, Dec. 6, was canceled by a snowstorm.  The track offered live racing Thursday through Sunday each week as well as the Monday and Tuesday after Christmas, running nine races daily except New Year’s Eve, when 10 were carded.

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