“We’ll miss his bright smile. Our deepest condolences are extended to his many friends, fellow riders and family, and our immediate thoughts are with his wife April and his daughters Naelah and Montserrat.”
The two-time winner of the prestigious Stephen Foster Stakes won 2,079 races in North America and has mounted in 16,234 경마 대회, earning him $ 72,483,396 in prize money, according to the racetrack.
Mena hit the 2,000-win milestone aboard Royal Commission at Ellis Park on July 4, 2020.
Mena, who was born in Lima, 페루, came from a horse racing background, Churchill Downs said. 그의 아버지, Jose, was a jockey and his uncle, Humberto, is a trainer.
나이에 11, Mena began grooming horses. He came to the United States at 17 and would win his first North American race at Calder Race Course in 2003, according to the racetrack.
가을에 2006, the Peruvian started riding at Churchill Downs where he would win 481 타임스, ranking him 15th all-time.
His final ride, according to Churchill Downs, was this past Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, 켄터키.