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Joel Rosario has become one of the premiere jockeys in North America but he comes from humble beginnings in the Dominican Republic where his mother didn't want him to become a jockey.

On July 17, Joel Rosario represented horse racing at the ESPY Awards when he won the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award for Best Jockey.

Rosario has been extremely successful this year with graded stakes wins on three different continents. The jockey started his run with a win on Animal Kingdom in the $10 Million Dubai World Cup before breaking the Keeneland spring meet win record with 38 wins in his first full meet at the track.

Additionally, a first place finish in the Kentucky Derby, third in the Belmont, and fourth in the Preakness while riding Orb contributed to Rosario’s earnings of over $13.4 million. Through July 18, Rosario has already won 196 races, including 23 graded stakes.

JOEL ENJOYS SOME TIME IN THE GIFT LOUNGE BEFORE THE AWARDS

Two weeks after finishing third in the Belmont, Rosario rode 2-year-old No Nay Never to a course record-breaking win in the Norfolk Stakes at the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England. Rosario’s early year success clearly set the jockey apart in competition.

Horse racing had more connections than just Rosario at the ESPYs, showing how big horse racing is in the sports world.

Rick Pitino, a co-owner of Kentucky Derby runner Goldencents, took home the award for Best Coach/Manager after his championship season with the University of Louisville basketball team. In addition to Goldencents, Pitino keeps a string of racehorses at tracks around the country.

New racehorse owner Michael Phelps won awards for Best Record-Breaking Performance and Best Male US Olympic Athlete. After retiring from swimming Phelps jumped into the industry with coach Bob Bowman, who has owned racehorses in the past, joining the Team Valor partnership in addition to buying a horse at a 2-year-old in training sale earlier this year.

2013 ESPY Award Winners

Best Male Athlete

LeBron James

Best Female Athlete

Serena Williams

Best Championship Performance

LeBron James

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Colin Kaepernick

Best Record-Breaking Performance

Michael Phelps

Best Upset

Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown

Best Game

Heat vs. Spurs Game 6

Best Moment

Jack Hoffman

Best Play

Jadeveon Clowney's big hit

Best Team

Miami Heat

Best Coach/Manager

Rick Pitino

Best Comeback

Adrian Peterson

Best International Athlete

Usain Bolt

Best NFL Player

Adrian Peterson

Best MLB Player

Miguel Cabrera

Best NHL Player

Sidney Crosby

Best Driver

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Best NBA Player

LeBron James

Best WNBA Player

Candace Parker

Best Fighter

Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

Best Male Golfer

Tiger Woods

Best Female Golfer

Stacy Lewis

Best Male Tennis Player

Novak Djokovic

Best Female Tennis Player

Serena Williams

Best Male College Athlete

Johnny Manziel

Best Female College Athlete

Brittney Griner

Best Male Action Sport Athlete

Nyjah Huston

Best Female Action Sport Athlete

Stephanie Gilmore

Best Jockey

Joel Rosario

Best Male Athlete With A Disability

Jeremy Campbell

Best Female Athlete With A Disability

Jessica Long

Best Bowler

Pete Weber

Best MLS Player

Thierry Henry

Best Male US Olympic Athlete

Michael Phelps

Best Female US Olympic Athlete

Missy Franklin

 

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Hillary Schifferer

Born and raised in Chandler, Arizona, Hillary Schifferer purchased her first horse at the age of 13 and has been immersed in the equestrian world since. Growing up riding various disciplines, she couldn’t stay away from the Lexington area. Hillary became interested in the thoroughbred industry while raising foals at Fares Farm and working as a Veterinary Technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. She now also serves as a Media Assistant intern for America’s Best Racing where she hopes to further expand her knowledge of thoroughbred racing as she finishes her Bachelors of Science degree in Corporate Communications at the University of Kentucky.

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Hillary Schifferer

Born and raised in Chandler, Arizona, Hillary Schifferer purchased her first horse at the age of 13 and has been immersed in the equestrian world since. Growing up riding various disciplines, she couldn’t stay away from the Lexington area. Hillary became interested in the thoroughbred industry while raising foals at Fares Farm and working as a Veterinary Technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. She now also serves as a Media Assistant intern for America’s Best Racing where she hopes to further expand her knowledge of thoroughbred racing as she finishes her Bachelors of Science degree in Corporate Communications at the University of Kentucky.

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