SAUL RAMIREZ JR. PROFILE

SAUL RAMIREZ

Birthdate: 11-11-72, Laredo, Texas
Family: Wife, Marisol; Children, Saul III, Salma and Selina
Residence: Cypress, California

Top Career Moments:

- Won the 2007 Champion Of Champions with Blues Girl Too

- Won the 2007 Golden State Derby with Blues Girl Too

- Won the 2005 James Smith Hcp with Prankster CF

- Won the 2007 La Primera Del Ano with Fancys First Affair

- Won the 2006 Los Al Two Million Futurity with Blues Girl Too

- Won the 2007 Los Al Million Futurity with One Famous Eagle

- Won the 2007 Mildred Vessels Handicap with Blues Girl Too

- Won the 2005 Miss Princess Handicap with Carols Treasure

- Won the 2005 Red Cell Distance Chall Champ with Prankster CF

- Won the 2005 Southern California Derby with First Down Runner

- Won the 2007 Spencer Childers Champ with Soul Of Silence
- Won the Mexican Quarter Horse Breeders Futurity with Roman Easy Lady in 1989.
- Won the Manor Down Derby with Sound Dash in 1992.
 Won the Sam Houston Futurity with A Touch of Victory in 1994.
- Won the Longhorn Futurity with Spicy Quick Barr in 1998 and Gone Kool Man in 1999.
- Won the Bayer Legend Challenge Championship and Texas Challenge with Vital Time in 1999.
- Won the Manor Downs Futurity with Bungalow Bud in 1999.
- Won the Manor Downs Maturity with Victory Defined in 2000 and Dashingly Cleat in 2001.
- Won the Remington Park Futurity with Eyesaflash in 2001.
- Won the Texas Sires Cup Futurity with Dashin La Jolla in 2002.
- Won the Kaweah Bar Handicap with Miami Cartel in 2003.
- Won the Rainbow Futurity with Planet Holland in 2003.
- Won the All American Gold Cup with Jess Rapid in 2004.
- Won the Zia Futurity with Blackgold Chips in 2003 and Uno Menudo in 2004.
- Won the 550-yard Ruidoso Challenge with Fed Ex Together in 2004.
- Piloted Prankster CF to wins in the Marathon National in 2004 and Moonshiner Handicap in 2005.

Career Profile:  Saul Ramirez has been making a name for himself in the competitive world of Quarter Horse race riding since debuting at Bandera Downs in 1989. Since then, the jockey has won more than 25 major stakes races in the sport, including the $525,523 Sam Houston Futurity and the $625,000 Rainbow Futurity.  Saul figures to win many more big races this year, as he is one of the top riders in the star-studded barn of trainer Paul Jones. "Back in 1999 I came to ride in California for a while and that's where I first met Paul Jones," he recalled. "A couple of years ago, he asked me if I'd be willing to help him out at Ruidoso Downs. I jumped at the chance." For years, Saul was a mainstay on the competitive Texas circuit, winning races at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, Retama Park and Sam Houston Race Park. He's been the leading rider at the Manor Downs spring meet three times. "Hard work and good horses - that's about it," he said, when asked to what he attributes his success.

Saul learned the trade from his father, Saul Sr. and uncle Raul Ramirez Sr, as well as from his cousin Roberto Madrigal. The latter trained champion Sound Dash, who Saul piloted in the Champion of Champions in 1992. His brother J.R. and cousin Raul Jr. both ride at Los Alamitos. Saul's older brother Paul is a trainer, while his younger brother Roberto is a header at Manor Downs. Saul was seriously injured at Manor Downs in 1993. "A horse blew the turn in an 870-yard race and knocked me off my horse and I was trampled on. I had internal bleeding and broke my arm and hip. I was out for 11 months." Obviously, Saul has bounced back and he with the likes of 870-yard star Prankster CF, Planet Holland, and Dutch Schultz among the horses he rides regularly, he will certainly be visiting the winner's circle many more times in 2005.