Racing

Ricardo Santana Jr.

Born: Nov. 19, 1992

Oaklawn Record: 

Total Wins: 343 | Stakes Wins: 21

  • Santana, Jr. who earned his fifth straight leading rider title in 2017 with 53 victories, enjoyed a banner year in 2017. In addition to the Oaklawn title, he was also leading rider at Keeneland's Fall Meet and broke into the national top 20 for the first time with $8.6 million in earnings through early Dec.
  • His 15 2017 stakes victories included $400,000 Count Fleet Sprint (G3) aboard Whitmore and the $400,000 Oklahoma Derby (G1) aboard Untrapped.
  • Earned his first career Grade 1 aboard Creator in the 2016 $1 million Arkansas Derby. His first stakes victory also came at Oaklawn in the 2011 Spring Fever aboard Salty Wave.
  • Earned his first career leading rider title in 2012 at Delaware Park. 
  • Hails from Panama, which is also the birthplace of Hall of Famers Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Braulio Baeza. He is from a part of the country where you either join a gang or become a jockey and fortunately, he had the footsteps of his father, Ricardo Sr., a former jockey, to follow. 
  • Came to the United States in 2009 and settled in at Delaware Park where another Panamanian, Gabriel Saez, was already finding success.