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How Many Past Preakness Jockey Winners Are In The 2024 Line-Up?


As the excitement builds ahead of the 149th running of the Black-Eyed Susan this Saturday we take a deeper look at how many past Preakness jockey winners are getting the leg-up in this year’s Pimlico race and their big-race stats.

Preakness Jockey Winners Record – Meet The Eight Pimlico Riders

This Saturday’s Preakness Stakes will see eight horses trying and land the 149th running of the Black-Eyed Susan and much of the focus will be on the Kentucky Derby winner – Mystik Dan, who is the favorite with the best Preakness Stakes racebooks 2024.

Therefore, we’ll also see eight Preakness jockeys in the race as they try to cement their names into US horse racing folklore.

Preakness Jockeys 2024: Black-Eyed Susan Appearances and Race Record

Horse Trainer
Jockey Preakness Rides
Preakness Wins Preakness Places Past Winners (Year)
Mugatu Jeff Engler Joe Bravo 5 0 5th (2012)
Uncle Heavy Robert E Reid Jr Irad Ortiz Jr 5 0 2nd (2021), 2nd 2023
Catching Freedom Brad Cox Flavien Prat 1 1 Rombauer (2021)
Mystik Dan Kenneth McPeek Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr 4 0 3rd (2022)
Seize The Grey D Wayne Lukas Jaime A Torres 0 0 0
Just Steel D Wayne Lukas Joel Rosario 9 0 2nd (2014), 2nd (2015), 2nd (2019), 2nd (2022)
Tuscan Gold Chad Brown Tyler Gaffalione 2 1  War Of Will (2019)
Imagination Bob Baffert Frankie Dettori 0 0 0

Just TWO Previous Preakness Jockey Winners In The 2024 Line-up

The table above tells us there are just TWO past Preakness jockey winners in the class of 2024 – Tyler Gaffalione and Flavien Prat.

Tyler Gaffalione, who rides Tuscan Gold on Saturday, won the Preakness Stakes on his debut ride in 2019 on the Mark E. Casse-trained War Of The Will.

While Flavien Prat’s Preakness Stakes win also came on his first ride in the race, when he steered home Rombauer in 2021. Prat will ride Kentucky Derby fourth Catching Freedom as he looks to maintain his 100% strike-rate.

Frankie Dettori and Jaime A Torres Are Making Their Preakness Debuts

Looking at the past Preakness Stakes winners this also showcases that this year we’ve two jockeys making their debuts in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown.

Multiple Grade One winning jockey Frankie Dettori famously make a retirement U-turn at the end of 2023 and is now based in the US. Dettori also rode in the Kentucky Derby earlier this month, but only managed 16th that day on Society Man.

Dettori has been booked to ride the last of the Bob Baffert Preakness horses in the race – Imagination – as the hall-of-fame handler looks to win this Triple Crown race for a ninth time.

Jaime A Torres is the other Preakness jockey riding in the race for the first time.

The Puerto Rico-born pilot will be the youngest jockey in the race this year and gets his first taste of the Pimlico action on Seize The Grey for veteran six-time Preakness Stakes winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Joel Rosario Is The Most Experienced Preakness Jockey With 9 Past Appearances (But No Wins)

With nine past rides in the Preakness Stakes, jockey Joel Rosario is the most experienced in the 2024 field – however, he’s yet to win the Black-Eyed Susans.

The 39 year-old jockey has hit the bar a few times though – with no fewer than FOUR silver medals in the Preakness Stakes.

Joel Rosario will be hoping to break his duck on the D Wayne Lukas runner Just Steel and the good news for his backers is the horse’s only two career wins have been when Rosario has been doing the steering.

The 2024 Preakness Jockeys Have 26 Past Appearances Between Them

When looking at the Preakness jockeys winners list – in total the eight pilots riding in 2024 have notched up 26 appearances between them.

But with only two winners this works out at just an 8% return.

2024 Preakness Stakes Jockey Profiles

JOE BRAVO (Mugatu)

  • Age: 52
  • From: New Jersey
  • Preakness Appearances: 5
  • Preakness Wins: 0
  • Preakness Highlights: 5th (2012, Teeth Of The Dog)

Bravo is the winner of over 5,500 races over a career that has spanned over 35 years. Seen at Monmouth Park the most and has been leading rider at the N.J track 13 times in the past. Yet to win a Triple Crown race, with a third in 2014 (Danza) the best he’s managed. First rode in the Preakness back in 1996 and has been involved in four more since, with his best effort a 5th in 2012 on Teeth Of The Dog. Despite being 52, is still not the oldest rider in the 2024 Preakness Stakes.


  • Age: 53
  • From: Italy
  • Preakness Appearances: 0
  • Preakness Wins: 0
  • Preakness Highlights: –

Frankie Dettori has ridden over 3,300 wins over his career, with 15 of those coming in the Breeders’ Cup. But this will be Dettori’s first ride in the Preakness Stakes having done a retirement U-Turn at the end of last season and is now based in the US. Dettori has hit the ground running in America too, with the highlight riding six winners on one card at Santa Anita earlier this season. He also rode Society Man to be 16th in the Kentucky Derby and at 53 will be the oldest rider in the Preakness this year.


  • Age: 29
  • From: Florida
  • Preakness Appearances: 2
  • Preakness Wins: 1
  • Preakness Highlights: 1st (2019, War Of Will)

At 29 Gaffalione will be the second youngest rider in the 2024 Preakness Stakes. The Florida-born jockey has only ridden in the race twice before but already has a 50% return, having won the prize in 2019 on War Of Will. Has ridden over 2,300 winners to date and will be hoping to add to those on the Chad Brown-trained Tuscan Gold, who was third in the Louisiana Derby in his last race. Brown has also won the Preakness twice in the past (2022 & 2017).


  • Age: 38
  • From: Louisiana
  • Preakness Appearances: 4
  • Preakness Wins: 0
  • Preakness Highlights: 3rd (2019, War Of Will)

Known as a journeyman jockey, Hernandez Jr. went into the US horse racing hall-of-fame earlier this month when landing the 2024 Kentucky Derby on Mystik Dan – the horse he rides again in the Preakness. He also won the Kentucky Oaks this season to make the Churchill Downs meeting one to remember and will be looking to keep his Triple Crown dreams alive on his fifth ride in the Preakness Stakes. Has ridden over 2,500 winners, which have included 75+ graded stakes contests. Mystik Dan will also be looking to become the first Kentucky Derby winner to follow up in the Preakness since Justify in 2018.

IRAD ORTIZ Jr. (Uncle Heavy)

  • Age: 31
  • From: Puerto Rico
  • Preakness Appearances: 5
  • Preakness Wins: 0
  • Preakness Highlights: 2nd (2021, Midnight Bourbon) & 2nd (2023, Blazing Sevens)

Irad Ortiz Jr has ridden almost 4,000 career winners that included three wins at the 2023 Breeders’ Cup last season and 20 in total at that meeting. He’s yet to win the Preakness Stakes but has been runner-up twice in the last three runnings. But is no stranger to winning a Triple Crown race – landing the Belmont Stakes twice (2016 & 2022).

FLAVIEN PRAT (Catching Freedom)

  • Age: 31
  • From: France
  • Preakness Appearances: 1
  • Preakness Wins: 1st (2021, Rombauer)
  • Preakness Highlights: 2nd (2021, Midnight Bourbon) & 2nd (2023, Blazing Sevens)

French rider that has made a big name for himself in the US over the last five seasons – peaking when winning the Kentucky Derby on Country House in 2019. Prat also won the 2021 Preakness Stakes on the Michael W. McCarthy Rombauer (watch below). Also won the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes earlier this season on last year’s Preakness Stakes winner National Treasure. Will be looking to win the Preakness for a second time – this time riding Catching Freedom, who last seen running fifth in the Kentucky Derby.


  • Age: 39
  • From: Dominican Republic
  • Preakness Appearances: 9
  • Preakness Wins: 0
  • Preakness Highlights: 2nd (2014, Ride On Curlin), 2nd (2015, Tale Of Verve), 2nd (2019, Everfast), 2nd (2022, Epicenter)

Joel Rosario entered the Racing Hall Of Fame recently and has added over 3,600 wins over his career to date. Ridden many big race winners, including 15 in the Breeders’ Cup, plus the 2013 Kentucky Derby (Orb) and two in the Belmont Stakes in 2014 (Tonalist) and 2019 (Sir Winston). The Preakness Stakes, however, has so far eluded Rosario from his nine past rides in the Pimlico race – four seconds. He’ll be hoping to add his name to the Preakness jockey winners list on Kentucky Derby 17th Just Steel. Rosario is the only rider to have won on the D. Wayne Lukas horse (twice).

JAIME TORRES (Seize The Grey)

  • Age: 25
  • From: Puerto Rico
  • Preakness Appearances: 0
  • Preakness Wins: 0
  • Preakness Highlights: –

Jaime Torres’ fame shot up earlier this month when winning the Pat Day Mile Stakes on Seize The Grey (watch below) and the pair will be looking to add to that in the Preakness Stakes this weekend. Torres has risen up the ranks quickly having begun riding professionally in 2022 and in 2023 was leading apprentice rider in New York. He’ll be the youngest rider in the 2024 Preakness Stakes this year on what will also be his debut ride in the Triple Crown race.

When is the Preakness Stakes 2024?

The 2024 Preakness Stakes is run on Saturday, May 18 at Pimlico racetrack.

Additionally, we’ve also got the complete Preakness Stakes schedule. Meaning you can plan when all the other races are over the meeting.

📅Time/Date: 7:00pm (ET), Saturday May 18, 2024
🏇Racecourse: Pimlico, Baltimore, Maryland
💰 Purse: $2m (Preakness Stakes purse breakdown)
📺 TV: NBC Sports and Peacock
🎲 Preakness Stakes Odds: Mystik Dan +190 | Tuscan Gold +400 | Imagination +400 | Catching Freedom +400

2024 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds

Latest Preakness Stakes odds 2024 that you can use by joining up with the best racebooks in the US.

Horse Odds
Mystik Dan
Tuscan Gold +400
Catching Freedom
Just Steel
Seize The Grey
Uncle Heavy

Note: Others on request and odds subject to change

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