Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Birthplace: Sinaloa, Mexico
Residence: Jones, Oklahoma
Family: wife, Gedda; daughters, Lexie and Alayna Marie; sons Nathan and Ryan
Luis Quinonez is poised for a career year at age 45. The oldest of three jockey brothers is the regular rider of Alternation, a leading contender for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Quinonez made his North American debut in 1989 and earned his 3,000th win in 2011. His mounts have more than $52 million in career earnings.
The native of Sinaloa, Mexico won five straight riding titles at Minnesota’s Canterbury Park from 1995 through 1999 also boasts titles from Oaklawn Park and Lone Star Park. He now rides regularly on the Arkansas-Texas-Oklahoma circuit.
The biggest dream for many jockeys is winning the Kentucky Derby but for Quinonez it was becoming an American citizen. He is now a proud U.S. citizen.