Marcelino Pedroza Jr. was on a mission during the last week of racing at Indiana Grand. Already way ahead in the jockey standings, Pedroza completed the four-day work week with an additional 10 wins to earn his third Leading Thoroughbred Jockey Award in Indiana.
Pedroza also brought home the title in 2017 and 2019.
“It’s always great to win races, and it’s a great feeling to win the title,” said Pedroza. “Thank you to all the owners and trainers that supported me and to my beautiful family, who has been with me when we weren’t winning races.”
Pedroza scored 105 wins, more than 20 more than second place finisher DeShawn Parker. With purse earnings in excess of $3.2 million for the year, he moves into third place on the list of all-time leading riders at the track with more than 640 career wins. He also holds several riding records with most purse money in one season ($3.4 in 2019), most wins by a jockey in one day (six in 2019) and now joins Orlando Mojica, Leandro Goncalves and Rodney Prescott for most jockey titles at the track with three.
“I’ve been riding Fair Grounds and Indiana Grand the past few years and that’s worked out well for me,” added Pedroza. “I plan to go back to Fair Grounds (New Orleans) and hopefully do well there again – and hopefully be back here again next year.”
A native of Panama, Pedroza attended the Laffit Pincay Jr. Jockey Academy before venturing to the United States in 2010. Now a Graded Stakes winning jockey, Pedroza celebrated his 1,000th career victory last year and has more than 1,200 career wins with earnings of more than $32 million.
The 20th season of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing at Indiana Grand is set to resume Tuesday, April 19 and run through Wednesday, Nov. 23. Racing will be held Monday through Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. with Thursday racing beginning at 3:30 p.m. A total of 12 Saturday racing programs will be held in 2022.
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