wife Rita; daughters Nadia, Sophia, Stephanie, Selena Mae and Savannah Lee, and sons Jose Ricardo and Jose Jr; father Manuel and three of his seven brothers were jockeys; brother-in-law Heberto Castillo Jr. also is a rider
Jose Santos started racing in professional circuit at 14 in his native land. He rode in Florida in early 1984; moved to New York in 1985; won four consecutive national money titles – 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989; and clipped the Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey in 1988. Santos moved to California after the 1990 Belmont fall meet; returned to New York in July 1991; fractured his right arm and collarbone on July 13, 1992; resumed riding on December 1, 1992; clinched individual meet titles at Saratoga, Belmont, Aqueduct, Gulfstream, Hialeah and Calder. He won the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Funny Cide; received ESPN’s 2003 ESPY Award as outstanding jockey; posted 4000th career win riding Melodeeman in the fifth race at Aqueduct on February 4, 2006.
|• Jose Santos had 93 wins in 683 starts through December 31, 2006. He claimed Breeders’ Cup titles for seven times. Some important mounts of 2006 include Bishop Court Hill (G1 Carter H, Paumonok H), Fleet Indian (G1 Beldame, G1 Personal Ensign, G2 Delaware H, G3 Sixty Sails H, G3 Next Move H, Obeah H), Mo Cuishle (G3 Monmouth BC Oaks), War Front (G2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt BCH) and Pommes Frites (Dr. James Penny Memorial H).|