Joe Bravo ("Jersey Joe") reached and passed the 5,500 win mark after he rode Batchelor Family Trust's OVER ATTRACTED to victory in the eighth race of Del Mar's Thursday card.
Sent off at odds of $3.80-to-win, OVER ATTRACTED raced reserved for Bravo toward the back of the field, while the pacesetters clocked opening fractions of 23.10 and 47.16. With three furlongs to go, Bravo and OVER ATTRACTED joined the fray at the final turn, kicking through an opening and rallying strongly in the stretch for the victory.
PRANCE finished second, BUY WAVE BUY ran third. The final time for the one mile on turf was 1:36.16.
OVER ATTRACTED paid $9.60 to win, $5.00 to place, and $3.40 to show. She is by ATREIDES out of APPEARANCE by HARLINGTON.
Joe Bravo was born in Long Branch, New Jersey and began his professional career in Thoroughbred flat racing at Calder Race Course. He's won 22 riding titles in his career, and his major racing wins came in as early as 1994. Some of his more significant horses were: FORMAL GOLD, HENNY HUGHES, TONALIST, BIG BLUE KITTEN, BLUE PRIZE.
On Twitter, Bravo retweeted agent Matt Nakatani's celebratory tweet:
The nickname "Jersey Joe" came from Bravo being a native of Long Branch, New Jersey, and also from his dominance as leading rider for Monmouth Park for more than two decades.
But Bravo did not commit himself to Monmouth Park this year, owing to the new whip rule being enforced. His agent of five years, 29-year-old Nakatani, knew there was no chance of Bravo remaining at his hometrack.
Instead Bravo moved his stack to the West Coast. Nakatani said Bravo intends to stay through this year's Breeders' Cup at Del Mar Nov. 5-6 at which point they will "reassess to see where we stand." Nakatani further added, "I wouldn't tell him to come out here if I didn't believe he had a big chance to do well." (Ray Paulick, Paulick Report)
Joe Bravo is off to a great start in Del Mar's 2021 meet. Not only is he ranked sixth, but owns the third highest Win % rate (16%) out of the top 15 jockeys.
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If you'd like to watch out for Bravo this weekend, tune into Del Mar. He has three mounts on Friday, four on Saturday, and five on Sunday.
Source: Equibase, Paulick Report