Two-time Preakness Stakes (G1) jockey Robby Albarado will end his riding career on December 11 after a final ride at Turfway Park, the Daily Racing From reported on December 8.
Heading into Saturday’s race, Albarado, 48, has won 5,222 races out of 34,113 starts since 1990 and his mounts have earned $ 221,560,458. His final mount will be aboard Rusty Roberts and Clays Hill Farm’s Big Bugg’s daughter , coached by Ben Colebrook, in the seventh race of Turfway, an optional allowance of $ 64,000 for 2-year-old fillies at one mile on the Tapeta course.
The Louisiana native started running on bush trails in his home state at the age of 12. Her first official victory took place on June 29, 1990, aboard the filly One Little Point at Evangeline downs. Albarado reached the greatest racing stages and became the regular jockey of horses such as Curlin and Mine shafts – who both won the title of Horse of the Year.
Albarado’s most lucrative season came in 2007, thanks in large part to Curlin, during which his mounts earned $ 19,359,049. That year, Curlin gave Albarado his first Preakness (G1) victory and his first Breeders’ Cup victory, which came in the Classic Powered by Dodge (G1). The duo returned in 2008 to capture the Emirates Airline Dubai (G1) World Cup. Four years earlier, Albarado piloted Mineshaft to claim four Rank 1 victories.
He rode two other Breeders’ Cup winners, the heroine of Juvenile Fillies Turf 2009. Tapitsfly and TVG Mile (G1T) 2011 sensor Court vision . He won his second Preakness Stakes in 2020 aboard the filly Swiss Skydiver with a soil-saving trip, beating eventual Horse of the Year Authentic by a neck.
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Albarado was among the top 10 North American jockeys in terms of earnings in 2001, 2007 (a year in which he finished second), 2008, 2009 and 2010. On Wednesday he was ranked 15th all-time in North America. North in terms of earnings and 30th. all the time by victories. According to Churchill Downs media, Albarado is the third most successful jockey on the track with 1,192 wins (following only Pat Day at 2,482 and Calvin Borel at 1,232) and has the second most wins at 87 (after Day’s 156).
This year, Albarado has ridden two winners in 93 starts while his mounts have earned $ 635,623.
Albarado has placed three times in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (G1), including in second position Golden soul at 34-1 odds behind favorite Orb in 2013. In 2011, he had to ride Animal Kingdom in the Kentucky Derby, but was injured in an accident after the parade days before the race for the roses. John Velazquez took the reins and guided Animal Kingdom to victory. It was one of many injuries Albarado sustained during his flying career, including two skull fractures in 17 months.
As for the future, Albarado told DRF he plans to become an agent jockey early next year.