Jockey Bios

Tyler Gaffalione

Born: Sept. 12, 1994 in Kansas City, Kansas

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 32

Stakes Wins: 4

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: May 4, 2018 at Churchill Downs in La Troienne on Salty

First Stakes Win: May 3, 2015, at Gulfstream Park in Sunrise Stakes on Celebrity Star

First Graded Stakes Win: Dec. 12, 2015, at Gulfstream Park in Rampart (G3) on Cali Star

First Career Win: Sept. 7, 2014, at Gulfstream Park on Holdin Bullets

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2019

Somelikeithotbrown 4th

2018

Determinant

13th

2016 Lookin for a Kiss 7th

At Keeneland


First win came Oct. 22, 2016, on Cookies Are Good. 

Concluded first full season here as leading jockey of 2018 Fall Meet with 15 wins, including the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) on 23-1 longshot Next Shares and Lexus Raven Run (G2) aboard Shamrock Rose. 

Won two stakes during the 2019 Spring Meet: Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association on The Mackem Bullet (IRE) and Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) on Bigger Picture.

Career


Triple Crown win: 2019 Preakness (G1) on War of Will.

Named the 2015 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice for a season in which he rode 217 winners and horses that earned $5,805,176.

Earned 1,000thvictory Dec. 30, 2018, when he rode Mission From Elle to win the eighth race at Gulfstream Park.

North American career earnings exceed $43 million with 1,097 wins as of June 17, 2019.

Click here for his Equibase record. 

Background


Gaffalione has followed his father, Steve Gaffalione, and grandfather Bobby Gaffalione as jockeys. His grandfather competed in the 1984 Kentucky Derby aboard Rexson’s Hope, and 33 years later Tyler rode Patch in the race. 

As a teenager, Gaffalione exercised racehorses before school and breezed 2-year-olds at sales. He competed in his first race on Sept. 5, 2014, at Gulfstream Park. Two days later, in his third career start, he won his first race. He received the 2015 Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice.

Gaffalione said Keeneland’s electric atmosphere sets the track apart from others.

“I really just like the whole feel of the place,” he said. “When you win a race here, you actually feel like you’ve accomplished something. (Fans at) other tracks don’t applaud as much, but here you can hear them even when you’re coming down the stretch. Sometimes I have to look outside because I think there’s another horse coming but it’s just the crowd being loud. It’s special. There’s always a huge crowd here and great fans.”