Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Residence: Hollywood, Fla.
Family: wife: Roxanne; children, Tiffany, Connie and Katarine
Cornelio Velasquez has ridden some elite horses throughout his career, including Ashado, Evening Attire, Flashpoint, Giant Ryan, Society Selection, Trust N Luck, Band Is Passing, Best of the Rest, Cellars Shiraz, Closing Arguement, Nobiz Like Showbiz, Tale of Ekati, Showing Up, and The Judge Sez Who.
Velasquez won his first graded stakes victory in 1996 Toronto Cup Handicap at Woodbine and his first Grade 1 stakes on Feb. 16, 2002, aboard Cetewayo in the Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Velasquez moved to Churchill Downs in 2003 where he became the leading rider for the spring meet. A graduate of the Panamanian national jockey school, Velasquez rode his first winner in 1985 in Panama aboard Ri Quy and went on to be named their top apprentice jockey that year. He went on to ride in Panama for 14 years, earning leading rider honors in 1994 and 1995, before moving his tack to the United States.
Reached 3,000 career wins in November 27, 2011 at Aqueduct. Since 2004, he has finished among the top 10 jockeys annually in New York. Won 2011 Breeders' Cup Marathon aboard Afleet Again. His 44 wins made him Saratoga's leading rider in 2007.