July is Jockey Appreciation Month!
Born November 24, 1971 in Carolina, Puerto Rico
John Velazquez has been kicking azz in Thoroughbred horse racing since the 1990s and shows no sign of slowing down as the go-to rider on the East Coast. He rides regularly for top trainers, and has accrued many top classic wins such as the Kentucky Derby (2011 with Animal Kingdom), the Belmont Stakes (2007 with Rags to Riches and 2012 with Union Rags), and several Breeders’ Cup races with Da Hoss, Uncle Mo, Ashado, and others.
Needless to say, I’m very jealous of his wife Leona :3