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Birth Date: January 03, 1979
Birth Place: Wichita, Kansas
2012 SEASON: finished second in the local standings with 67 victories…captured the Laurel Park winter title, winning 34 races from 81 starters, an impressive 42% rate…finished in the top four in the other two meets during the year…overall ranked 43rd nationally in wins (105) and was 88th in earnings with a career-high $2 million.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: topped the local standings in 2011 with 58 victories, winning the Laurel Park winter meeting training title…won a pair of 2-year-old stakes races: the Laurel Futurity with Lemon Juice and the Selima Stakes with Softly Lit…ranked 32nd in North America with a career-best 105 victories and set a new standard for earnings ($1.7 million)…won the Timonium training title in 2010 with 10 wins from just 22 starters, which included a career-best four win afternoon on closing day…retired as a jockey in Feb. 2008 and saddled his first winner (Yacht Man) for PTK LLC on Mar. 30 at Laurel Park…saddled a pair of winners on April 3 and November 12…rode and saddled Citi Charisse to a stakes win at Colonial Downs in his final mount…finished his riding career with 290 wins and nearly $5.4 million in earnings…visited the winners’ circle 153 times at Pimlico and Laurel Park, including 83 in 2006…in 2008, won 34 races as a trainer and six as a rider…arrived in Maryland to ride in Nov. 2005 after starting his riding career in Kentucky where he won the Turfway Park summer riding title and finished second at the Ellis Park summer meeting…had multiple four win days at both Ellis and Turfway.…rode his first winner at Churchill Downs on June 22, 2005 aboard Candyland Flowers.
PERSONAL: galloped horses for Dallas Stewart, John Ward and Todd Pletcher and worked for Michael Pino and Steve Asmussen as an exercise rider and assistant trainer before becoming a rider.