Jose Lezcano has ranked as one of the top jockeys in North America by earnings the past couple of years. He attended the Laffit Pincay Jockey School in his native Panama and began riding in his home country before moving to the U.S. in Jan. 2003 and launching his U.S. career at Gulfstream Park. In 2006, Jose won the 2006 riding title at The Meadowlands and carried that success to Florida where he won the Tampa Bay Downs riding title, the same season he captured the Gr. III Tampa Bay Derby with Deputy Glitters. Jose enjoyed a career year in 2008, replacing perennial leader Joe Bravo as the leading rider at Monmouth Park with 141 wins, then taking the 2008 fall season at the Meadowlands. He carried that momentum into the 2009 Gulfstream Park meet and also earned a leading rider title there with 71 wins.