Arlington Million

Florent Geroux

Florent, born in France in 1986, is the son of Dominique Geroux, who rode with success in France during the 70s and 80s before hanging up his tack to become a trainer. Although he spent time at the track as a youth, it wasn't until he was a teenager that he decided he wanted to follow in his father's footsteps. He applied to the French riding academy, Afasec, and he was accepted at the age of 13 and attended the school for several years. He began riding professionally in France, where he spent the first 2 ½ years of his career. He was a leading apprentice there. Recommended to French-born but American-based trainer Patrick Biancone, Geroux made his first foray to the United States in early 2007, exercising horses and riding the occasional race for Biancone.He returned to Europe after a few months. In the fall of 2007, Geroux returned stateside and headed to Keeneland, where he planned to ride regularly until he was seriously injured in a spill on the opening day card, suffering a broken wrist and two fractured vertebrae. He was sidelined for several months and returned to France to recuperate. When he returned to the States, he made Chicago his base. Florent enjoyed a solid season at Arlington in 2010 winning 32 races and finishing 10th in the standings. His biggest win ofthe season came when he guided Dade Babe to victory in the Grade III Pucker Up Stakes in September. Florent won the 2011 Illinois Derby aboard Joe Vann and won the 2011 fall meet title at Hawthorne.