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ROLLING AT THE DOWNS

Edited Churchill Downs Release – Veteran jockey Julien Leparoux has been on a roll to start the September Meet at Churchill Downs where he recorded four wins from just nine starts over the first three days of the 14-day stand.

The 39-year-old French-born rider recorded three wins Friday and added a victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Pocahontas (GIII) aboard the Kenny McPeek-trained Fun and Feisty.

          “My agent (Frank Lyons) and I have been working hard and we noticed business starting to pick up to end the Spring Meet and it continued at Saratoga this summer and into this meet at Churchill,” Leparoux said.

“It’s nice to be able to ride for barns like Kenny (McPeek) and nice fillies like Fun and Feisty.”

          Leparoux took his talents to New York this summer where he nabbed eight victories from 55 starts at Saratoga. Prior to the Saratoga meeting, Leparoux scored a 26-1 upset victory in the $1 million Belmont Derby (GI) aboard Classic Causeway.

Following his stint at Saratoga the father of two tallied four wins at the abbreviated seven-day Kentucky Downs meeting.

          On Friday, Leparoux enjoyed a three-win day aboard a duo of Ian Wilkes-trained allowance winners Liberty M D and Meister along with the Ron Moquett-trained claimer Lake Tahoe.

          Leparoux is scheduled to remain busy through next several days of racing at Churchill Downs with four mounts Sunday, three Wednesday and two Thursday.

          Overall, Leparoux is the No. 5 ranked rider in Churchill Downs history with 1,011 victories. He trails Pat Day (2,482), Calvin Borel (1,232), Robby Albarado (1,192) and Corey Lanerie (1,178).

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