2021 Breeders’ Cup – American Jockeys To Watch Out For

Leading jockey Joel Rosario will be looking to add to his tally at Del Mar this weekend.Leading jockey Joel Rosario will be looking to add to his tally at Del Mar this weekend.

Leading American Riders And Their Chances On Day 1 – 2021 Breeders’ Cup

With the Breeders’ Cup showpiece just two days away, we have provided a guide for day one of the meeting, featuring a quartet of leading American jockey’s and their best chance of success on Friday.


Currently the leading jockey in America, Joel Rosario has established himself as one of the most tactical and determined riders in the game. Amassing over $25 million in prize money for connections this season, Joel Rosario will once again be looking to land some of the big prizes on offer this week at Del Mar. He will be hopeful of making a strong start to this year’s meeting with the unbeaten READY TO PURRFORM (19:25 Golden Mile Stakes) for top trainer Brad Cox and fellow unbeaten ECHO ZULU (22:30 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies) of Steve Asmussen, both looking likely to go off favourite come post time.


The 29-year-old jockey from Puerto Rico has been a leading rider since his prominence and rise to fame in 2012. Irad Ortiz, Jr has a remarkable record when it comes to this time of year and the Breeders’ Cup. In 2019, he won four of the major races up for grabs including the Breeders Cup Turf with Bricks And Mortar and the Breeders Cup Classic aboard Vino Rosso. 

The jockey has a strong book of rides on day 1 of the meeting, noticeably the Wesley Ward trained TWILIGHT GLEAMING (21:50 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint) who holds obvious claims and looks to give both jockey and trainer back to back wins in the race after Golden Pal’s gritty front running victory twelve months ago. 


Another jockey with an impressive style of riding is Luis Saez who has become a household name in American Racing and is currently third in the jockey standings. With over 241 wins to his name this year alone, Luis Saez will be looking to emulate last year’s Breeders’ Cup success as he partnered Essential Quality in Godolphin’s famous blue silks to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile success in 2020. Luis Saez will have many opportunities throughout the card but hopefully CACHET (23:10 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf) can run a mighty race for the rider and provide English trainer George Boughey with a famous winner in California.  


A former Champion Apprentice jockey in his native France, Flavien Prat has become one of the top leading riders on the Californian circuit. He has established himself as one of the most efficient riders at courses such as Santa Anita and the scene of this year’s Breeders’ Cup, Del Mar. Flavien Prat has outstanding claims of delivering the first win on the card for trainer Bob Baffert with the unbeaten TRIPLE TAP (18:55 Allowance Optional Claiming) looking to make it two from two. His hopes should also be high when he teams up with Chad brown and PORTFOLIO COMPANY (00:30 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf) who has been sent off short prices on all three starts and may get back to winning ways in one of the feature races on day 1.

With Flavien Prat’s course experience and knowledge of track conditions, punters should be keeping their eyes peeled for any of his potential mounts over the weekend as well.