Latino jockeys among the richest in the world

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)  

The big news this weekend was that a Latino jokey had won the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, again. They’re making a habit of it. Since 2011 every derby winning horse has been jocked by a Latino:

  • 2011 – John Velasquez (Puerto Rico)
  • 2012- Mario Gutierrez (Mexico)
  • 2013 – Joel Rosario (Dominican Republic)
  • 2014 – Victor Espinoza (Mexico)
  • 2015 – Victor Espinoza (Mexico)
  • 2016 – Mario Gutierrez (Mexico)

That’s an impressive showing by anyone’s standard.

John Velasquez, who rode Always Dreaming to victory Saturday, also won the derby in 2011.

But there’s another list that’s equally impressive because it counts a jockey’s worth on another level.

John Velasquez is also the richest jockey in the world. According to Aol, Velaquez is reportedly worth $326 Million.

Here are some other stats that I found exceptional. Velasquez has had 31,400 starts, 5,706 first place finishes, 4,600 second place finishes and 4,101 third place finishes.

That puts him at the top of the list of the most elite jockeys in the world. And there are other Latinos who are among the best of the best (or richest of the Kentucky Derby jockeys).

#5 Javier Castellano – Net Worth: $326 Million
#8 Edgar S. Prado – Net Worth: $296 Million
#10 Alex O. Solis – Net Worth: $238 Million
#14 Garrett K. Gomez – Net Worth: $205 Million
#17 Victor Espinoza – Net Worth: $193 Million
#18 Ramon A. Dominguez – Net Worth: $191.6 Million
#19 Rafael Bejarano – Net Worth: $188.9 Million
#20 Jose A. Santos – Net Worth: $187 Million

Do you like stories that reflect authentic Latino life in the U.S.?

 Be part of a positive change.

Subscribe to the Latino daily


Subscribe today!

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Must Read

U.S. citizen detained overnight by ICE – they thought he was undocumented

Victor Landa July 6, 2017

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1.5 minute read)  This is startling news. Up until last night at a dinner conversation I believed that the idea that an American citizen would be […]

DIECIOCHO Podcast: Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia – Trump, Gerrymandering and Money

NewsTaco June 8, 2017

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco (1 minute read, 34 minute listen)  It’s safe to say that the just-ended Texas legislative session was the most acrimonious in memory. We can talk for […]

Vietnam War veteran fears he could be deported

Victor Landa July 7, 2017

*This Vietnam veteran, born in Mexico, was awarded two Purple Hearts and given U.S. citizenship after his service. He’s misplaced his documents and after paying $345 the government wants more […]

Ted Cruz gets an earful in McAllen for July 4

Victor Landa July 5, 2017

*I’m posting this because it was mostly Latinos, organizing, protesting, making their voices heard. Everyone needs to know that Latinos in deep South Texas are standing up. VL By Patrick […]

The moment Florida cops pull over an Afro-Latina and find she’s the State Attorney

Victor Landa July 13, 2017

By Victor Landa, NewsTaco Patrol cops in  Orlando, Florida, stopped a white sedan recently becasue they ran the tags and didn’t get a return, plus, the tint on the windows […]

Henry Cisneros: Why Can’t Americans See Latinos Are Country’s ‘Saving Grace’?

Victor Landa July 7, 2017

*Good question. I think it’s because we’re not the ones telling our story. We need to fight for our narrative. VL By Suzanne Gamboa, NBC News (1.5 minute read)  SAN […]

A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

NewsTaco May 31, 2017

*This happened yesterday, while the rest of us were mesmerized by the Peckinpahesque implosion of the Trump administration, congress was moving a piece of legislation that would fund the Trumpian […]

Remembering Gus Garcia, Mexican-American Civil Rights Pioneer

Victor Landa July 27, 2017

By Raul A. Reyes, NBC News (7.5 minute read)   In his heyday, Gus Garcia cut a dashing figure in Texas legal and social circles. He was a key member […]