Winning Rider Franco in the First

Winning Rider Franco in the First

Manny Franco, better known as “Franco in the First”gets his first classic win in the prestigious Belmont Stakes. 

A well deserved win for this young talented rider from Carolina, Puerto Rico who joined the competitive New York Jockey colony in 2013.

Birthdate: December 19, 1994
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Height: 5 feet, 1 inch
Weight: 112 pounds


  • Won his first Grade 1 on October 1, 2016 with Joking in the Vosburgh, and followed with his second a week later with Yellow Agate in the Frizette. 


  • Went to the track with his father in Puerto Rico; attended jockey school there in 2012 


  • Skylight Citizen, Jan. 2, 2013, Camarero, PR 



Winning Rider Franco in the First

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