The move became official after John Velazquez suffered a broken collarbone in a spill at Churchill Downs Saturday night forcing Velazquez to be grounded for up to two months. Rosario, 24, ranks seventh among jockeys in the country with 116 wins and $6,169,966 in purse money won and has 1,354 career wins since emigrating from the Dominican Republic in 2006.
Rosario currently ranks third at the Betfair Hollywood Park meet with 24 wins, and was the leading rider at the Santa Anita meet with 89. victories. Rosario will return to action at Hollywood Park next Saturday after serving a suspension and has mounts in the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks and Sunday’s Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap before leaving for New York.
Joel Rosario, Rosario, John Velazquez, Velazquez, Hollywood Park, Ron Ebanks, broken collarbone