John Velazquez: Puerto Rican-born jockey broke Pat Day’s recordPICTURE: Alex Evers/EquiSport Photos
Velazquez sets record for career earnings
JOHN VELAZQUEZ has become North America's all-time leading money-earning jockey, eclipsing Pat Day’s record when taking his career earnings to $297,922,320 (£187,691,061) at Belmont Park on Sunday.
A second aboard Bit Bustin in the ninth race saw Velazquez, 41, overhaul Day, who retired in 2005 aged 51. Coincidentally Day celebrated his 60th birthday on Sunday.
“It’s something that happened to happen, and I’m glad it happened,” Velazquez told Daily Racing Form.
Puerto Rican-born Velazquez, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2011 on Animal Kingdom, began riding in the US in 1990 and is a two-time Eclipse Award winner. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.