Espy recognized as leading jockey

2011-03-26T15:25:00Z 2011-03-26T23:35:03Z Espy recognized as leading jockey The Billings Gazette
March 26, 2011 3:25 pm

Kym Espy of Billings has been recognized by the Thoroughbred Times as the jockey with the highest percentage of victories in stakes races per mounts for 2010.

Espy, who rode in Montana and western Canada last year, had 13 stakes wins from just 185 mounts for a national-best 7.03 winning percentage.

She had 40 wins overall in 2010, along with 33 seconds, 31 thirds and $171,835 in earnings.

Garrett Gomez, who was the star rider at this year's Breeders' Cup races, was second to Espy at 5.50 percent (44 stakes wins in 800 mounts).

Espy already ranks as the most successful female rider in the history of Yellowstone Downs in Billings. She has won four riding championships at the MetraPark track, where she has competed off and on since 1986.

According to the Equibase Company, Espy's career statistics for thoroughbred racing includes 2,398 starts, 311 wins, 340 seconds, 313 thirds and $1,008,382 in earnings.

The Thoroughbred Times also said two-time reigning Yellowstone Downs leading rider Jeffery Allen Jones, also from Billings, ranked third nationally in 2010 for percent of wins from mounts.

Jones had 36 wins in 125 mounts for a winning percentage of 28.80 percent. John Davila Jr. topped the charts at 32.51 percent, followed by Russell Baze at 29.87 percent.




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