Brian Hernandez
Jockey Bios

Brian "B.J." Hernandez Jr.

Born: November 3, 1985 in Lafayette, Louisiana

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 148

Stakes Wins: 9

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2012 Whitney Invitational at Saratoga on Fort Larned

First Stakes Win: 2003 Lagniappe at Delta Downs on Our Here Tiz

First Graded Stakes Win: 2006 Indiana Derby (G2) at Hoosier Park on Cielo Gold

First Career Win: Nov. 29, 2003, at Delta Downs on Hughes

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass




2019 Signalman 3rd
2017 McCraken 3rd
2015 Gorgeous Bird 6th


Big Bazinga



At Keeneland

Rode Restless Rider to win the 2018 Darley Alcibiades (G1).

Won two stakes during the 2018 Spring Meet: Madison (G1) on Finley'sluckycharm and Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) on Valadorna.

2017 stakes wins were the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on Romantic Vision and Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Finley'sluckycharm during the Fall Meet and the Bewitch (G3) on Quiet Business during the Sprint Meet.

Won the Ben Ali (G3) on Eagle during the 2016 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland win came during the 2004 Fall Meet when he won 20 races and was the season’s second-leading rider.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2006 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine on Swingit. 


Breeders’ Cup win: 2012 Classic (G1) aboard Fort Larned (on the jockey’s 27th birthday).

Won the 2004 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey when he won 243 races and his mounts earned $4,401,867. He won stakes at Fair Grounds, Churchill Downs, Remington Park and Delta Downs during the year.

North American career earnings exceed $76 million with 1,932 wins as of June 17, 2019.

Won his 1,000th race on Aug. 18, 2012, at Ellis Park on Wildandcrazyguy.

Rode future Hall of Famer Rachel Alexandra in her first five races as a 2-year-old in 2008.

Sister Courtney Hernandez won her first race as a jockey on March 14, 2014, at Delta Downs.

Click here for his Equibase career record.



B.J.’s father, Brian Hernandez Sr., was a jockey, and his younger brother Colby Hernandez currently rides. His younger sister Courtney Hernandez also has ridden. Brian, or “B.J.”, began galloping horses for trainer Dale Angelle at age 12 and began his riding career at Delta Downs in November 2003, exercising horses in the mornings before high school classes and riding at night. After graduating from high school in May 2004, he headed to Churchill Downs, where he rode for a few weeks before returning to Louisiana and capturing his first riding title at Evangeline Downs.

On Feb. 1, 2019, Colby Hernandez recorded his 2,000th win at Fair Grounds.