Cornelio Velásquez

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Cornelio Velasquez
Occupation Jockey
Born September 28, 1968
Panama City, Panama
Career wins 2,755 (through 6/13/10)
Major racing wins

Clasico del Caribe (1992)
Whirlaway Stakes (1999)
Aqueduct Handicap (2000)
Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (2002)
Memorial Day Handicap (2002)
Oklahoma Derby (2002)
Alcibiades Stakes (2003)
Clasico del Caribe (2003)
Alabama Stakes (2004)
Clasico del Caribe (2004)
Holy Bull Stakes (2004, 2005, 2007)
Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap (2004)
Adirondack Breeders' Cup Stakes (2005)
Arlington Handicap (2005)
Demoiselle Stakes (2005)
Secretariat Stakes (2005, 2006)
Sunshine Millions Fillies & Mares Sprint (2005)
Bed O' Roses Breeders' Cup Handicap (2005)
Ashland Stakes (2006)
Jamaica Handicap (2006)
Belmont Lexington Stakes (2006)
Lexington Stakes (2006)
Ogden Phipps Handicap (2006)
Beaugay Handicap (2006)
Remsen Stakes (2006)
Shuvee Handicap (2006)
Stonerside Beaumont Stakes (2006)
Swale Stakes (2007)
Bonnie Miss Stakes (2007)
Honorable Miss Handicap (2008)
Brooklyn Derby (2010)
Manhattan Handicap (2010)
Ballerina Stakes (2010)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Sprint (2003)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (2005)
Significant horses
Closing Argument, Showing Up, Nobiz Like Shobiz

Cornelio H. Velásquez (born September 28, 1968 in Panama City, Panama) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He was introduced to horse racing at age fifteen by trainer Carlos Salazar Guardia in his native Panama and enrolled in the national jockey school. In his first year of racing he was his country's top apprentice jockey and was the leading rider again in 1994 and 1995.

In 1996 Cornelio Velasquez emigrated to the United States to race at Elmont, New York's Belmont Park. During the ensuing ten years he competed at meets at tracks in Kentucky and Florida, winning several riding titles. His big break came in 2003 when he won his first Breeders' Cup on Cajun Beat in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. A two-time winner of Breeders' Cup races, in 2005 Velasquez rode Closing Argument to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and in 2007 is scheduled to compete on the well-regarded colt, Nobiz Like Shobiz.

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Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–present) Peak
position
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2000 62
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2001 33
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2002 17
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2003 13
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2004 11
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2005 9
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006 9
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 4
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 12
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 26
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 25
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 15
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 16
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 13
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2014 13
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2015 21