Florent Geroux Caps Special Year with 1,000th Career Win
Florent Geroux won the 2016 Breakthrough Jockey award presented by JockeyTalk360.com. At the age of 30, the French-born rider has ridden more than 200 winners and earned $17.5 million in purses this year. On Thursday at the Fair Grounds Race Course, Geroux added another milestone to his collection by winning his 1,000th race in North America.
“It’s a great feeling,” Geroux said. “I’ve had a big year and it has been lots of hard work. It’s been a big team effort with the owners, trainers and my agent Doug Bredar. A lot of miles and sacrifice with my family, but it feels great to get the first thousand. I can’t wait to get another and I hope it comes even quicker.”
The defending meet champion at the Fair Grounds, Geroux rode even-money favorite Mr. Misunderstood to a 3½-length victory over the turf in race 2 for juveniles to win his 214th race this year and 1,000th of his career.
Geroux has moved up the ranks quickly. He entered jockey school at age 13 and began riding at 17. At age 19, he was the leading apprentice rider in France. He began riding briefly in the United States in 2007 and full time in 2008. His career has taken off the last two years, as he’s ridden three Breeders’ Cup winners and this year he recorded 30 graded stakes wins including 10 Grade I victories. His $17.5 million in purse earnings ranks No. 5 in 2016 and he’s pushed past $45 million in career earnings.
Geroux has been aboard a number of top horses this year including Canadian Horse of the Year Catch a Glimpse, sprint champion Work all Week, Grade I winner and Kentucky Derby entrant and Breeders’ Cup-placed Gun Runner, Eclipse Finalist I’m a Chatterbox and The Pizza Man, and Breeders’ Cup champion Mongolian Saturday. With more top mounts ahead, 2017 should be another strong season for the fantastic French rider.