Acosta took out his jockey’s license in 2002 and earned his first stakes victory later that year in the West Virginia Futurity. A native of Puerto Rico, Acosta won a career-best 322 races in 2008 and earned a career-best $6,019,153 that year.
In 2009, Acosta scored his first graded stakes win with No Advantage in the Grade 3 William Donald Schaefer Stakes at Laurel Park.
Jockey J. D. Acosta rode his 3000th career winner in Wednesday’s first race at Charles Town in West Virginia. The 34-year-old journeyman piloted the 2-year-old filly Holiday Shot to a one-length win in the 6 1/2-furlong maiden special weight event for trainer Flint Stites.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Acosta rode his first domestic winner in 2002 at Pimlico and was in the top five of Charles Town’s jockey colony every year from 2003-2014. In 2015, he finished second in the jockey standings at Parx Racing and is currently in seventh at both the Pennsylvania track and at Charles Town. Acosta was also the leading rider at Timonium in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, and 2016.
Nationally, Acosta has been ranked in the country’s top 100 jockeys by both wins and earnings every year since 2004, and achieved his best finish in 2008, when he was ranked third by wins with 322 on the season. Acosta rode his first graded stakes winner in 2009 when he guided No Advantage to a win in the William D. Schaefer Stakes (GIII) on the Preakness undercard. He was also the primary rider for Rapid Redux during the gelding’s record-setting 2011 season, aboard for seven of his 19 victories.
Over the course of his career, Acosta