Joel Rosario
Jockey Bios

Joel Rosario

Born: January 14, 1985 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 108

Stakes Wins: 15

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2009 La Brea at Santa Anita on Evita Argentina

First Stakes Win: 2007 Luck of the Irish at Bay Meadows on Dealer Choice

First Graded Stakes Win: 2008 San Pasqual (G2) at Santa Anita on Zappa

First Career Win: July 2000 at the Galapagos Hippodromo V Centenario

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2017 Practical Joke 2nd


Dynamic Sky



Holy Candy



Brilliant Speed


At Keeneland

Leading rider during the 2017 Spring Meet with 17 wins, including the Shakertown (G2) on Holding Gold and Commonwealth (G3) on Awesome Slew.

During the 2016 Fall Meet, rode Miss Ella to win the Buffalo Trace Franklin County (G3).

Won the Marathon (G2) on Bailoutbobby during the Oct. 30 undercard of the first day of the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships. The next day, he rode Wavell Avenue to win the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1).

Recorded 2,000th win in U.S. and Canada on April 23, 2015, at Keeneland.

Rode Rosalind to win the 2014 Central Bank Ashland (G1) in a dead heat with Room Service during the Spring Meet. In the Fall Meet, he won the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) on Rainha Da Bateria and the Buffalo Trace Franklin County on Free as a Bird.

Won a Spring Meet record 38 races in 2013, surpassing the previous mark of 32 wins by Randy Romero from 1990.

Twice won five races on a single card during the 2013 Spring Meet – on April 18 and April 25.

Won four graded stakes during the 2013 Spring Meet: the Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select on Ciao Bella Luna; Elkhorn (G2) on Dark Cove; Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association on Unbelievable Dream; and Bewitch (G3) on Strathnaver (GB).

Won the 2011 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) on Brilliant Speed.

First Keeneland win came during the 2010 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2010 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on Harmonius.


Triple Crown wins (2): 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1) on Orb; 2014 Belmont (G1) on Tonalist.

Breeders’ Cup wins (9): 2009 Sprint on Dancing in Silks; 2010 Dirt Mile on Dakota Phone; 2014 Turf Sprint on Bobby's Kitten; 2015 Filly and Mare Sprint on Wavell Avenue; 2016 Mile on Tourist; 2017 Turf Sprint on Stormy Liberal; and 2018 Classic on Accelerate, Juvenile on Game Winner and Juvenile Fillies with Jaywalk.

Has two wins during the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England, both in the Norfolk (G2) on horses trained by Wesley Ward: No Nay Never (2013) and Shang Shang Shang (2018).

North American career earnings exceed $187 million with 2,600 wins through Dec. 4, 2018.

2017 earnings were $17,975,708 with 170 wins, including the Dubai Golden Shaheen Sponsored by Gulf News (G1) and Belmont Sprint Championship (G1) aboard Mind Your Biscuits and Arlington Million XXXV (G1) with Beach Patrol.

2016 earnings were $16,594,554 with 157 wins, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on Tourist and Metropolitan (G1) and Whitney (G1) on Frosted.

2015 earnings were $17,305,572 with 162 wins, including the Wood Memorial (G1) with Frosted and Belmont Derby Invitational (G1) on Force the Pass.

2014 earnings were $21,558,485 with 215 wins, including Grade 1 victories in the Belmont aboard Tonalist, Ogden Phipps with Close Hatches, Belmont Oaks Invitational with Minorette and Man o’ War with Imagining. 

2013 earnings were $21,561,341 with 274 wins, including Grade 1 victories in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands aboard Orb and Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) with Animal Kingdom.


Joel was the leading rider in the Dominican Republic four times, and won his first race at the Galapagos Hippodromo V Centenario there in 2000. He went to the jockey school in the Dominican Republic. Came to the U.S. in 2006, riding initially at Fairplex and then in Northern California.