Joe Bravo
Jockey Bios

Joe Bravo

Born: September 10, 1971 in Long Branch, New Jersey

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 49

Stakes Wins: 11

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 1997 Donn at Gulfstream aboard Formal Gold

First Stakes Win: 1989 Woodcrest at Garden State Park on Noble Pardner

First Graded Stakes Win: 1990 Alma North (G3) at Garden State with Big Bozo

First Career Win: 1988 at Calder aboard Daffy Dac

At Keeneland

Won two stakes during the 2018 Fall Meet: Juddmonte Spinster (G1) on Blue Prize (ARG) and Pin Oak Valley View on Colonia (FR).

Rode Zipessa to win the 2017 First Lady (G1) during the Fall Meet.

Stakes wins in 2016 were the Madison (G1) on Sheer Drama, Shakertown (G2) on Undrafted and Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix (G2) on A. P. Indian.

During the 2015 Spring Meet, rode 30-1 longshot Dramedy to win the Dixiana Elkhorn (G2). On the second day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships that October at Keeneland, he rode Hebbronville to win the Perryville.

Won his first Keeneland race during the 1995 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 1996 Phoenix Breeders’ Cup aboard Forest Wildcat. Won the 1997 Valley View on Mingling Glances and the 1988 Doubledogdare on Top Secret. Did not ride at Keeneland regularly again until 2015.


North American career earnings exceed $178 million with 5,353 wins as of June 17, 2019.

Won his 5,000th race on May 23, 2015, at Monmouth aboard Boss Man to become the 30th rider to reach the milestone.

Won his 4,000th on July 4, 2007, at Monmouth Park on Alotofappeal.

Twice won more than 300 races in a year: 1991 (357) and 1994 (346).

In 1991, “Jersey Joe” became the first rider in New Jersey history to win titles at Garden State, Monmouth and The Meadowlands in a single year.

Is a member of the Jockeys' Guild Board of Directors.

Click here for his Equibase career record.


A third-generation jockey who followed his father, George, and grandfather, Bartolo, in the profession, “Jersey” Joe Bravo was born in Long Branch, N.J., just a few miles from Monmouth Park. At 13, he began riding Quarter Horses in Texas. He took out his professional rider’s license in 1987 and won his first race the following year.

Joe has dominated the riding standings in New Jersey but also has notable wins in New York, Florida and Kentucky.