Jose Valdivia Jnr. is a Breeders' Cup winning jockey and got in touch with us on JockeysRoom to be on the site.
A native of Lima, Peru, he was born on December 8th, 1974. Standing at 5 ft 3", he tacks at 112 lbs and mainly rides on the Californian top tracks of Santa Anita & Hollywood.
His first ride was on June 14th, 1994 (quite late at 19.5 years) and his first trip to the winners' circle came a month later on July 17th, 1994 when he was apprenticed to P.G.Johnson.
Jose's big race triumphs include a brilliantly ridden "come-from-behind" rush in the Breeders' Cup Mile on Val Royal. He has also won other notable Group 1 races such as the Beverley D. at Arlington and at Santa Anita: the Oak Tree Leaf, San Carlos Handicap together with the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (Group 2).
He lists Val Royal as his favourite horse with Santa Anita as his top track. His ambitions for the future include winning the US Triple Crown.
Jose can be booked for rides via his agent Tom Knust on +1.626.390.4900.
Grade 1 wins
2004--Santa Anita Derby, Casteldale, Santa Anita
2003---San Carlos Handicap, Aldebaran, Santa Anita
2001---Breeders' Cup Mile, Val Royal, Arlington Park
Grade 2 wins
2003---Arcadia Handicap, Century City, Santa Anita
2002---San Gabriel Handicap, Grammairian, Santa Anita
2002---Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, Night Patrol, Santa Anita
2001---Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, Val Royal, Santa Anita
2001---Oak Leaf Stakes, Tall'sLuckybusride, Santa Anita
1999---Palos Verdes Handicap, Big Jag, Santa Anita.
1999---Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap, Big Jag, Santa Anita
Grade 3 wins
2003---Hawthorne Handicap, Keys to the Heart, Hollywood Park
2003---Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks, Bare Necessities, Hoosier Park
2002---Berkeley Handicap, Irisheyesareflying, Golden Gate Fields
2001---Morvich Handicap, El Cielo, Santa Anita
2000---Morvich Handicap, El Cielo, Santa Anita
2000---San Simeon Handicap, El Cielo, Santa Anita
2000---All American Handicap, Peach Flat, Hollywood Park
1999---Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint, Big Jag.