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