Born: September 10, 1971 in Long Branch, N.J.
Record at Keeneland
Total Wins: 46
Stakes Wins: 9
First Grade 1 Win: 1997 Donn at Gulfstream aboard Formal Gold
First Stakes Win: 1989 Woodcrest at Garden State Park on Noble Pardner
First Graded Stakes Win: 1990 Alma North (G3) at Garden State with Big Bozo
First Career Win: 1988 at Calder aboard Daffy Dac
Rode Zipessa to win the 2017 First Lady (G1) during the Fall Meet.
Stakes wins in 2016 were the Madison (G1) on Sheer Drama, Shakertown (G2) on Undrafted and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) on A. P. Indian.
During the 2015 Spring Meet, rode 30-1 longshot Dramedy to win the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2). On the second day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships that October at Keeneland, he rode Hebbronville to win the Perryville.
Won his first Keeneland race during the 1995 Spring Meet.
First Keeneland stakes win was the 1996 Phoenix Breeders’ Cup aboard Forest Wildcat. Won the 1997 Valley View on Mingling Glances and the 1988 Doubledogdare on Top Secret. Did not ride at Keeneland regularly again until 2015.
North American career earnings exceed $168 million with 5,231 wins through January 30, 2018.
2017 earnings were $5,455,586 with 84 wins, including the First Lady (G1) at Keeneland aboard Zipessa, United Nations (G1) with Bigger Picture and Nashua (G2) with Avery Island.
2016 earnings were $6,460,859 with 76 wins, including the Stephen Foster (G1) on Bradester and the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) and Forego (G1) on A. P. Indian.
2015 earnings were a career-best $8,398,877 with 73 wins, including the Champagne (G1) on Greenpointcrusader, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (G1) and United Nations (G1) on eventual champion Big Blue Kitten; Personal Ensign (G1) and Delaware Handicap (G1) on Sheer Drama; and Beverly D. (G1) on Watsdachances (IRE).
Won his 5,000th race on May 23, 2015, at Monmouth aboard Boss Man to become the 30th rider to reach the milestone.
Won his 4,000th on July 4, 2007, at Monmouth Park on Alotofappeal.
Twice won more than 300 races in a year: 1991 (357) and 1994 (346).
Scored the biggest wins of his career in two million-dollar races: 2004 Haskell Invitational (G1) on Lion Heart and 2008 Pennsylvania Derby (G2) on Anak Nakal.
In 2007, captured a record 13th riding title at Monmouth (1991-’96, 1999-’00, 2003-’07).
Leading rider at The Meadowlands nine times. In 1991, “Jersey Joe” became the first rider in New Jersey history to win titles at Garden State, Monmouth and The Meadowlands in a single year.
Is a member of the Jockeys' Guild Board of Directors.
A third-generation jockey who followed his father, George, and grandfather, Bartolo, in the profession, “Jersey” Joe Bravo was born in Long Branch, N.J., just a few miles from Monmouth Park. At 13, he began riding Quarter Horses in Texas. He took out his professional rider’s license in 1987 and won his first race the following year.
Joe has dominated the riding standings in New Jersey but also has notable wins in New York, Florida and Kentucky.