Woodbine-Based Kimura Named Outstanding Apprentice


Kazushi Kimura | Horsephotos

Japanese-born, Woodbine-based Kazushi Kimura built on a strong first season of riding in 2018 (104 wins, $2,451,326 in earnings) in 2019, booting home 148 winners (17%) and racking up $4,746,556 in earnings. Those stats were good for third-best by wins and fourth-best by earnings at Woodbine’s April to December meet. He lost his bug Oct. 26.

Accepting the Award…

“First, I want to say congratulations to everyone. I am proud of the Eclipse Award and to be nominated with so many great trainers, owners and jockeys. Let me say thank you to my agent Jordan Miller. We always stay together. He is so supportive of my success. Also thank you to a lot of trainers and assistant trainers and exercise riders and grooms and owners for giving me the wonderful opportunities. I appreciate it. I would also like to praise the other apprentice riders–this year there were so many great apprentice riders. Congratulations to Julio Correa and Angel Diaz.” —Kazushi Kimura


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