May 4, 2012
Jockey Alex Baldillez passed 1,500 career wins last weekend at Remington Park. He rode his 1,500th winner, Kool Cowboy, April 15 at the Oklahoma City track, where last weekend he won twice to reach 1,502 career wins.
Baldillez’s biggest win was with Elans Special in the 1987 All American Futurity, which was one of 14 Grade 1 wins in his career. From 9,054 mounts, Baldillez also finished second in 1,291 races and third in 1,136, for a lifetime win percentage of 16.5 and a win/place/show percentage of 43.3.
The 34th jockey to win 1,500 or more races on Quarter Horses, Baldillez has ridden the earners of $16,247,955, ranking him 25th all-time among riders of the fastest horses on earth. The all-time leading jockey by number of wins is Alvin Brossette, who retired after riding 3,631 winners and the earners of $24,017,059. The all-time leader by earnings is G.R. Carter, who has ridden the earners of $57,528,824 and the winners of 3,380.
Baldillez’s brother Roy was aboard champion Ochoa in the 2011 All American Futurity, making them the first brothers to both ride winners of Quarter Horse racing’s marquee event.
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