Beginning in 2022, The Win Place Show will feature regular interviews with figures from across the horse racing industry as a way of letting our listeners learn more about the different facets of the industry and certain things that regularly are out of the public eye.
Today, I am thrilled to be joined by jockey agent Jose Santos Jr who has burst onto the scene over the last few years and represents riders primarily in the Midwest and south. Jose may be a young man but he’s a horse racing lifer having come from a family where his father and four uncles were all jockeys and his father received national acclaim when he won the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness on Funny Cide.
Jose Santos Jr. started representing jockeys at 16 and continued to be a jockey agent while being a full-time college student while earning his degree at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY. Since starting out, Jose has grown his operation to representing eight jockeys at several different colonies such as Ry Eikelberry at Sam Houston, Reylu Gutierrez at Fair Grounds, in addition to riders at Oaklawn, Turfway Park, and more. In our interview, I talk to Jose about how he broke into the business, how he goes about getting the best rides for his jockeys, the whirlwind around the recent hot streak of Reylu Gutierrez, what his plans are for expansion in 2022, and more. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy my interview with Jose Santos Jr.