Brian "B.J." Hernandez Jr.
Born: November 3, 1985 in Lafayette, La.
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 135
Stakes Wins: 9
First Grade 1 Win: 2012 Whitney Invitational at Saratoga on Fort Larned
First Stakes Win: 2003 Lagniappe at Delta Downs on Our Here Tiz
First Graded Stakes Win: 2006 Indiana Derby (G2) at Hoosier Park on Cielo Gold
First Career Win: Nov. 29, 2003, at Delta Downs on Hughes
Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass
Rode Restless Rider to win the 2018 Darley Alcibiades (G1).
Won two stakes during the 2018 Spring Meet: Madison (G1) on Finley'sluckycharm and Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) on Valadorna.
2017 stakes wins were the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on Romantic Vision and Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Finley'sluckycharm during the Fall Meet and the Bewitch (G3) on Quiet Business during the Sprint Meet.
Won the Ben Ali (G3) on Eagle during the 2016 Spring Meet.
First Keeneland win came during the 2004 Fall Meet when he won 20 races and was the season’s second-leading rider.
First Keeneland stakes win was the 2006 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine on Swingit.
Breeders’ Cup win: 2012 Classic (G1) aboard Fort Larned (on the jockey’s 27th birthday).
Won the 2004 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey when he won 243 races and his mounts earned $4,401,867. He won stakes at Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs, Remington Park and Delta Downs during the year.
North American career earnings exceed $72 million with 1,874 wins through Dec. 3, 2018.
2017 earnings were a career-best $8,317,228 with 133 wins, including the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) aboard Romantic Vision and Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Finley’sluckycharm, both at Keeneland, and Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) aboard Girvin.
2016 earnings were $7,792,223 with 156 wins, including the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) with McCraken and Keeneland’s Ben Ali (G3) with Eagle.
2015 earnings were $5,933,771 with 162 wins, including the Falls City (G2) on Ahh Chocolate.
2014 earnings were $4,315,917 with 114 wins, including the Indiana Oaks (G2) on Tiz Windy.
Sister Courtney Hernandez won her first race as a jockey on March 14, 2014, at Delta Downs.
Won his 1,000th race on Aug. 18, 2012, at Ellis Park on Wildandcrazyguy.
Rode future Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra in her first five races as a 2-year-old in 2008.
B.J.’s father, Brian Hernandez Sr., was a jockey, and his younger brother Colby Hernandez currently rides. His younger sister Courtney Hernandez also has ridden. Brian, or “B.J.”, began galloping horses for trainer Dale Angelle at age 12 and began his riding career at Delta Downs in November 2003, exercising horses in the mornings before high school classes and riding at night. After graduating from high school in May 2004, he headed to Churchill Downs, where he rode for a few weeks before returning to Louisiana and capturing his first riding title at Evangeline Downs.