Edited TDN Release — Sonny Leon, upset winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby aboard the Eric Reed-trained Rich Strike, will shift his tack from Ohio to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., according to the Thoroughbred Daily News. Leon is listed on six mounts at Gulfstream on Saturday, July 16.
Jeff Perrin, Leon’s agent in Ohio, will no longer represent the young rider. Instead, Bryce Soth will take over Leon’s book.
“His last day in Ohio will be Friday and then he’ll head to Florida,” Perrin told TDN. “He was friends with Emisael Jaramillo, who was second in the standings, and that jockey got hurt. He will be working with his agent, who has a good book of business. You can’t blame Sonny. It’s a great opportunity. We won the Kentucky Derby. We shocked the world.”
Leon, 32, is a native of Venezuela and rides regularly in Ohio at Belterra Park and Mahoning Valley where he has earned multiple riding titles. The Kentucky Derby was Leon’s first graded stakes win. Since coming to the United States in 2015, Leon has won 795 races from 5,338 mounts with purse earnings of more than $15 million.
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