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Standout jockey Joel Rosario heading to New York

June 17, 2012|By Eric Sondheimer
  • Jockey Joel Rosario rides Belle Royale to victory in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Jockey Joel Rosario rides Belle Royale to victory in the $250,000 Gamely… (Associated Press )

Joel Rosario, one of the top jockeys in Southern California thoroughbred horse racing since 2009, is moving to New York, his agent, Ron Ebanks, said Sunday. Rosario will begin riding in New York on June 27.

Rosario and Rafael Bejarano have dominated the jockey standings at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Ebanks said he and Rosario, 27, have been contemplating a move to the East Coast for a year. A broken collarbone suffered by jockey John Velazquez caused the decision to be expedited.

"If he's going to be the leading rider in the nation, he has to be in New York," Ebanks said.

Rosario's decision is expected to result in some big changes in Southern California and create opportunities for others. He was the barn rider for trainer John Sadler, who said Sunday afternoon he had not been informed of Rosario's decision. Rosario was not riding at Hollywood Park this weekend because of a suspension. He was the leading rider at the Santa Anita meeting.


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