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Velazquez Among Four Jockey Finalists for ESPY Awards

John Velazquez
Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez and John Velazquez were announced by ESPN as the four nominees in the “Best Jockey” category of the 20th annual ESPY Awards.

The ESPYS, which honor a wide array of athletes and sports entities, will take place July 11 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

Castellano currently leads all North American riders with over $10.2 million in purse earnings.  Dominguez has won each of the last two Eclipse Awards as North America’s top jockey. Gutierrez emerged from relative obscurity and made headlines earlier this year with his winning rides aboard I’ll Have Another in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Preakness Stakes. Velazquez, a two-time Eclipse Award winner (2004 and 2005) guided Union Rags to victory in this year’s Belmont Stakes. Velazquez was the winner in the “Best Jockey” category at last year’s ESPYS following his winning 2011 Kentucky Derby ride on Animal Kingdom.

Final results will be determined by fan balloting now available at and

–NTRA press release

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