Jose attended the Laffit Pincay Jockey School in his native Panama before coming to the United States in 2003. He has been ranked among the leading riders in the nation for the past several years and has racked up leading rider titles at Monmouth Park, Meadowlands, Tampa Bay Downs and Gulfstream Park. He is the regular rider of Champion filly Royal Delta and Grade 1 winner To Honor and Serve. He finished second in the Kentucky Derby aboard Ice Box . Jose won with his first Breeders' Cup mount aboard Maram in the Breeders Cup Juvenile fillies Turf. Other top mounts include Deputy Glitters, Fly Down, Keertana and Winter Memories.