Sheldon Russell

Birth Date: August 28, 1987
Birth Place: Bossier City, Louisiana

STATISTICS: STARTS 1st 2nd 3rd MONEY
2013 771 123 115 135 $3,482,302
CAREER 5,064 851 779 738 $19,584,157

2013 SEASON: finished second in the rider standings at the major Maryland tracks for the second straight year with 99 winners…won the Pimlico spring riding title with 28 victories…rode three stakes winners, including I’m Mom’s Favorite in the Miss Preakness Stakes…missed three months (mid-July to mid-October) with a torn bicep in his left arm.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: topped the standings at the major Maryland tracks in 2011 with 126 winners…won all three meets (Laurel Park winter, Pimlico spring, Laurel fall)…led the colony with 10 stakes wins…guided Eighttofasttocatch to three stakes victories in 2011, including the Maryland Million Classic…aboard Concealed Identity for two stakes scores and a 10th place finish in the Preakness Stakes (G1)…rode Done Talking to a 14th place finish in the 2012 Kentucky Derby (G1) after winning the Illinois Derby (G3)…matched a career-high by riding five winners on March 24, 2011…won three races on the 2010 Maryland Million card: Regal Solo (Classic), Jack On The Rocks (Sprint) and Blind Date (Distaff)…missed last two months of ’10 with broken ribs but still finished sixth in the final standings…ranked fourth in the 2008 local standings…captured his first career riding title by winning the 2008 Laurel fall meet…missed four months of action during spring 2008 with a fractured vertebrae and broken wrist injuries…won 26 races during the first five weeks of the 2007 Laurel fall meet, including a career-high five races at on October 4 but fractured vertebrae during a spill two weeks later and missed the remainder of the year…first winner was aboard Prone at Colonial Downs on July 17, 2007…earned the Colonial Downs riding title in 2011 and 2012.

PERSONAL: father Dean was a jockey who rode in England, South Africa and Germany… born in Louisiana but raised in England…after attending a racing school in the U.K. and having a dozen mounts, including his first career win in July 2005 at Catterick, England came to the United States under the tutelage of famed trainer Michael Dickinson at Tapeta Farm in Maryland for more than a year…worked Street Sense at the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida and was a guest of assistant trainer Ian Wilkes at Churchill Downs when the colt won the 2007 Kentucky Derby…agent is Marty Leonard.