Racing & Wagering

Leading Rider Jose Valdivia, Jr. Closes 2018 Arlington Meet with Five Wins on Final Card

Churchill Downs Communications | 09/22/2018 #
  • Jose Valdivia, Jr. and Aviating (Coady Photography)

For the second Saturday in a row Jose Valdivia, Jr. scored five wins in a single day at Arlington International Racecourse to close out the season as leading rider with 112 victories.

With his title already a lock entering the final day, Valdivia captured the third race with Patricia’s Hope’s Good Bye Greg ($3.60), a four-time winner for at the Chicagoland oval this season for trainer Larry Rivelli. He repeated the effort in the fourth race aboard Joe Sterrenberg and Mario Donato’s Her Wild Lifestyle ($2.60) for Rivelli again. He swept the seventh with David Brown’s Golden Gift ($9.60) for trainer Terry Young and the eighth with LAZ Racing Stable’s Wayne Catalano trainee Senor Blanco ($11.60). He closed out the 2018 season in style, winning the nightcap aboard the Barr Inman-trained Aviating ($12.40) for owner May Valley Farms.

“It never gets old,” said Valdivia. “It has been four years and it is unbelievable how time passes. I’m just very thankful and so happy to be here with my family, (wife) Renee and (children) Siena and Luca. It’s just been a whirlwind.

“It’s never easy, you always have to come out and perform. My agent (Steve Leving) has done an unbelievable job of getting me on the right horses and having the support of the owners and trainers who believe in me.”

The 2011 Belmont Stakes winner captured his fourth consecutive leading rider title at Arlington, earning 141 total wins in 2017, 100 in 2016, and 84 in 2015.

Live racing will return to Arlington International Racecourse next spring on Friday, May 3, 2019 for a 71-day meet. For more action, visit an Arlington Trackside off-track wagering facility near you, or for online wagering visit TwinSpires.com.