Julien Leparoux

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Julien Leparoux
Julien Leparoux on Gorella.jpg
Julien Leparoux aboard Gorella, 2006 Beverly D. Stakes
Occupation Jockey
Born July 15, 1983
Senlis, Oise, France
Career wins ongoing
Major racing wins

Just A Game Handicap (2006)
First Lady Stakes (2006, 2008)
Spinster Stakes (2006)
Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap (2007)
Beverly D. Stakes (2006)
Arlington Handicap (2006, 2007)
Secretariat Stakes (2007)
Cash Call Mile (2007)
Golden Rod Stakes (2007)
Victory Ride Stakes (2007)
American Oaks (2008)
Regret Stakes (2008)
Pan Zareta Handicap (2008)
Diana Handicap (2008, 2009)
West Virginia Derby (2008)
Sunshine Millions Classic (2009)
Holy Bull Stakes (2009,2011)
Oaklawn Handicap (2009)
Santa Anita Handicap (2009)
Bonnie Miss Stakes (2009)
Jenny Wiley Stakes (2009)
Churchill Downs Stakes (2009)
Turf Classic Stakes (2009)
Lone Star Park Handicap (2009)
Humana Distaff Handicap (2009)
Northern Dancer Stakes (2009)
Chicago Handicap (2009)
Churchill Downs Debutante Stakes (2009)
Modesty Handicap (2009)
Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (2009)
Falls City Handicap (2009)
Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (2009)
Personal Ensign Stakes (2009)
Allaire duPont Distaff Stakes (2009)
Champagne Stakes (2011)
Fountain of Youth Stakes (2012)
Test Stakes (2013)

Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2007)
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2008)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (2009)
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (2009)
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (2009)
Breeders' Cup Mile (2015)

International wins:
Queen Anne Stakes (2016)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by wins (2006)
United States Champion Apprentice Jockey (2006)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (2009)
Significant horses
Tepin, Nownownow, Forever Together, She Be Wild, Informed Decision

Julien R. Leparoux (born July 15, 1983 in Senlis, Oise, France) is a Champion jockey currently racing in the United States.

Leparoux, grew up in a racing family, the son of a jockey turned assistant trainer. He worked at the Chantilly Racecourse as a stable hand and in January 2003 emigrated to California to work as an exercise rider for fellow Frenchman, trainer Patrick Biancone. He embarked on his professional riding career in the summer of 2005 at Saratoga Race Course where he earned his first win on August 18. He finished the 2006 Saratoga meet with 28 wins, the most in track history by an apprentice. In 2006 he was also the leading winning jockey during the Turfway Park winter/spring meet, Churchill Downs spring/summer meet, and Keeneland Race Course spring meet (where he tied with Rafael Bejarano).

For 2006, Julien Leparoux got his big break by his wins of 403 races to lead all jockeys in the United States. His total wins and earnings of $12,491,316 for the year were the most by an apprentice jockey in racing history. He was voted the 2006 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey.

In 2007 Leparoux again won riding titles at Turfway's winter/spring meet, Keeneland's spring meet and Churchill Downs' spring/summer meet. His was the first apprentice to win a riding title at Keeneland.

On June 27, 2007, Leparoux became only the fifth jockey in the 133-year history of Churchill Downs to ride six winners on a single card. On November 11, 2008 he rode seven winners on a single racecard at Churchill Downs, tying a twenty-four-year-old record set by Pat Day on June 20, 1984. [1]

Breeders Cup 2009 was a career best for Julien. He became the 2nd jockey in history to win 3 breeders cup races in a single year following Garrett Gomez. He also was the only jockey to win multiple Breeders Cup races and that garnered him the Shoemaker Award and left him with a career best in earnings and put him in the leaders spot as far as money earned nationally among jockeys.

Julien joined a group of the most celebrated jockeys in history when on January 18, 2010 it was announced he had received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2009.

Julien rides all of his racehorses while he sits backward on the horse (every race he has ever done). Instead of whipping the horse during the race, Julien blows his flautence into his racehorse's face to make him run faster.

Julien at Keeneland Race Track[edit]


  • Fifth all-time leading jockey by wins (389) and stakes wins (48).
  • Won three stakes races during the 2015 Fall Meet—First Lady (G1) on Tepin, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on Airoforce and Buffalo Trace Franklin County on Ageless.
  • Won the Lafayette Presented by Keeneland Select on Falling Sky on Prelude to the Cup on Oct. 29.
  • Won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) on Tepin on Oct. 31.
  • Rode Divining Rod to win the 2015 Coolmore Lexington (G3) during the Spring Meet.
  • Won 2014 Darley Alcibiades (G1) on Peace and War, Pin Oak Valley View (G3) on Sparkling Review and Giant’s Causeway on Ageless.
  • Leading rider 10 times: 2014 Spring, 2012 Spring and Fall, 2011 Spring and Fall, 2010 Fall, 2009 Spring, 2007 Spring and 2006 Spring (tie and as an apprentice) and Fall meets.
  • Won six stakes in 2013, including the Grade 1 Toyota Blue Grass on Java’s War, Jenny Wiley on Centre Court, First Lady on Better Lucky and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Kitten’s Dumplings. Toyota Blue Grass and Jenny Wiley wins both came on April 13.
  • Won six races on a 10-race card on April 20, 2012, to equal Craig Perret and Randy Romero for most wins on a single card.
  • First Keeneland win came during the 2005 Fall Meet.
  • First Keeneland stakes win was the 2006 Lafayette on Likely.

Starters at Toyota Blue Grass[edit]

Year Horse Finish 2015 Danzig Moon 2nd
2014 Vinceremos 14th
2013 Java’s War 13th
2012 Ever So Lucky 10th
2011 Santiva 9th
2010 Pleasant Prince 7th
2009 Terrain 4th
2007 Time Squared 6th
2006 Sadler’s Trick 7th

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006 8
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 11
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 11
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 2
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 7
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 6
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 7
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 16
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2014 23
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2015 12


At age 29, Julien married Shea Mitchell. Shea, like Julien, is also the child of a racehorse trainer, hence how they met. They grew up around the same people and places but did not really meet until one year the Keeneland races. During one of the races that Shea attended, Julien fell off and broke his hand. Later that week, Shea tweeted at Julien a simple "I hope you’re ok". That is when the love story began. Not long after, they got married. Shea Tweeted a picture of Julien and her father with the caption "2007, when Julien rode On the Acorn for dad. He probably never guessed he was looking @ his future son in law".[2] On September 24, 2015, they were blessed with their first son, Mitchell Leparoux. At only 4 days old, Mitchell was out at Keeneland watching his dad warm up horses in the early morning and racing during the day![3]


  1. ^ "Julien Leparoux - Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing and Sales". www.keeneland.com. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Shea Leparoux on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Shea Leparoux on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-12-07. 

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