Rose Emerges as Top Apprentice
by Evan Hammonds
Date Posted: 2/18/2002 9:25:17 PM
Last Updated: 2/20/2002 8:01:44 AM

His first trip to a racetrack came in 1999. As an apprentice rider the following year, he would win with his very first mount. In a short but very successful career, things have come easy for Jeremy Rose. In 2001, his first full year of riding, Rose soared to the top of his new profession, leading the nation in both wins and earnings for an apprentice. For the year, the 22-year-old Rose won 312 races from 1,572 starts, good for a 20% win clip. His earnings of $6,659,411 nearly tripled his nearest competitor.

In a whirlwind 12 months, Rose, a former high school wrestler who showed horses as a teenager, would also rack up a riding title, 10 stakes wins, and a ton of respect. He unseated five-time leading rider Michael McCarthy in winning the Delaware Park meeting with 150 winners. He rode in his share of races on the Maryland circuit, and also competed at night at Meadowlands in New Jersey. His richest stakes win came aboard Sumerset in the Maryland Million Classic at Pimlico on Oct. 13.

Rose said he looks up to veteran riders Rick Wilson and Tony Black, as well as trainer Tim Richey. "I've been lucky. Tim's put me on a lot of good horses and Rick and Tony have taught me a lot." b

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