Jose Valdivia, Jr.
American people of Peruvian descent
Jose Valdivia, Jr. is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. The son of a top South American jockey, he is the nephew of retired jockey Fernando Toro and trainer, Juan Suarez. He and his family moved to the United States in 1989 and settled in the West Palm Beach, Florida area where his father worked as a trainer.
In 1974, Jose Valdivia, Jr. began his professional riding career as an apprentice at Belmont Park, earning his first win in just his third start. Riding for fellow Peruvian, trainer Julio Canani, his most important win to date came aboard Val Royal when he won the 2001 Breeders' Cup Mile at Belmont Park.
Jose Valdivia, Jr. at the NTRA
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