Abel Cedillo is to be honored as TVG Breakthrough Jockey of the Year for 2019. He won overwhelming support based on a new circuit, riding titles and multiple graded stakes victories.
The award was voted on by a panel of industry experts who select a Jockey of the Week for JockeyTalk360.com based on weekly riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, which represents almost 1,000 riders in North America alone.
2019 was a notable year for Cedillo, whose annual stats improved year over year. He posted career milestones for stakes victories and riding titles. After 10 years on the Northern California circuit, Cedillo moved his tack to Southern California. The career change proved positive, as Cedillo expanded his resume and became a familiar face in the winner’s circle on the new circuit.
Cedillo won the first Grade 1 stakes of his career on September 28th at Santa Anita Park as the upset winner of the Awesome Again with Mongolian Groom. Cedillo was on fire that weekend, as he also rode Cleopatra’s Strike to victory that same day in the John Henry Turf Championship and returned on Sunday to win the Zenyatta with Paradise Woods.
In 2019, Cedillo won 10 of his 65 stakes starts compared to just a miserable two wins in 21 stakes mounts in 2018. He started in 34 graded stakes and won six, compared to just two graded stakes starts the previous year. In addition to his productive Breeders’ Cup prep weekend, he won the Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs with Lazy Daisy, the Autumn Miss at Santa Anita with Keeper Ofthe Stars and traveled to Emerald Downs to take the Longacres Mile with Law Abidin Citizen.
Cedillo figured prominently in the rider standings in California this year winning riding titles at the Del Mar fall meet and the 2018-2019 Golden Gate meet, and he tied with Flavien Prat for the riding title of the Santa Anita autumn meet. He was third by number of wins at the end of the Del Mar summer meet and finished in the top five at both Los Alamitos thoroughbred meets.
Cedillo has earned $5,899,44 in 2019 compared to earnings of $3,371,883 in 2018. In his career, he has amassed over $22 million in winnings in total.
The statistics used for ‘Breakthrough Jockey of the Year’ are compiled from January 1 through December 2, 2019.
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