Miguel Mena
Jockey Bios

Miguel Mena

Born: November 6, 1986 in Lima, Peru

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 95

Stakes Wins: 2

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2010 Test at Saratoga on Champagne d'Oro

First Stakes Win: 2005 Parts Unknown at Hawthorne on Cart's Turn

First Graded Stakes Win: 2007 Fayette (G3) at Keeneland on Go Between

First Career Win: January 2003 at the Jockey Club de Pure in Monterrico on Planatal

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2015  Pepper Roani 8th

2013

Uncaptured

10th

2012

Russian Greek

11th

2007

Love Dubai

7th

At Keeneland


First Keeneland win came during the 2006 Fall Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2007 Fayette (G3) on Go Between.

Won 13 races during 2008 Fall Meet to rank third in the standings.

Career


North American career earnings exceed $60,607,601 with 1,827 wins through January 30, 2018.

2017 earnings were $4,290,203 with 125 wins, including the Colonel E. R. Bradley (G3) with Granny’s Kitten and Pucker Up (G3) with Fault.

2016 earnings were $3,979,679 with 103 wins, including the West Virginia Governor’s on Hawaakom.

2015 earnings were $4,396,608 with 101 wins, including the Louisiana Derby (G2) and Risen Star (G2), both on International Star, and the Firecracker (G2) with Departing.

2014 earnings were $4,478,010 with 120 wins, including the Pocahontas (G2) on Cristina’s Journey and Las Vegas Marathon (G2) on Cary Street.

Won four stakes at Delta Downs on Feb. 4, 2012 – Louisiana-Bred Premier Night Gentlemen Starter, Ladies Starter, Matron and Sprint.

Rode 36-1 longshot Pool Play to win the 2011 Stephen Foster (G1) at Churchill Downs.

Leading rider at the inaugural Presque Isle Downs meet in 2007.

 

Background


Miguel’s father, Jose, was a jockey and uncle Humberto is a trainer. From the time he was 6 or 7, he went to the track with his father. “I used to go to the race track all the time,” he said. “I was watching my dad ride and I wanted to do what he was doing. I got the idea in my head when I was a kid that I’m going to be a jockey.” His father, now retired from riding, works with his uncle. By the time Miguel was 11, he was grooming horses. When he turned 14, he started at the Jorge Bernardini Yori Jockey School, which also produced Hall of Famer Edgar Prado and Southern California-based Rafael Bejarano.