Luis Contreras (born March 14, 1986) is a Mexican jockey since 2006. After starting his career in Mexico, Contreras started competing in the United States in 2007. For his graded stakes race career, Contreras has won thirty-four Grade III races, nineteen Grade II races, and four Grade I races. At the Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras won the Queen’s Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes, and Breeders’ Stakes. His 2011 wins made him the first jockey to use two horses to win the Canadian Triple Crown. In 2014, Contreras came short of another Canadian Triple Crown after finish tenth at the Breeders’ Stakes following wins at the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales.
As part of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras’s best results were sixth at the 2018 Kentucky Derby and third at the 2014 Preakness Stakes. At the Canadian Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras won the Woodbine Oaks and Bison City Stakes in 2011 and was fourth at the Wonder Where Stakes that year. For the American Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras place sixth at the 2011 Alabama Stakes. With his Breeders’ Cup races between 2011 to 2018, his highest finish was runner-up at the Filly and Mare Sprint event at the 2017 Breeders’ Cup. Apart from winning over 2,300 races, Contreras received the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2011 and 2012.
On March 14, 1986, Contreras was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Growing up, Contreras had hundreds of wins in Mexico after he started his jockey career as a teenager. While racing in Mexico, Conthttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_Cityreras had two runner-ups and one top-five finish in 2006.
Contreras began competing in the United States in 2007 at races held in California and New Mexico. That year, his victories at Golden Gate Fields in 2007 gave Contreras his first American race win and first stakes race win. In 2008, Contreras had his first ever graded stakes race win at the 2008 El Camino Real Derby as a Grade III race. Throughout his career, Contreras won at least one Grade III race consecutively between 2011 and 2021. Of his thirty four Grade III wins, Contreras had seven of them in 2013 ranging from the Grey Stakes to the Highlander Stakes.
Contreras won the first of his nineteen Grade II events at the 2009 Dance Smartly Stakes. As a Grade II racer, Contreras had one or more wins each year between 2011 and 2019 before winning the Connaught Cup Stakes in 2021. During this time period, Contreras won the Canadian Stakes four times with his victories in 2013, 2015, 2018 and 2019. As a Grade I racer, Contreras’s first win was at the 2014 Carter Handicap. Contreras additionally won the Northern Dancer Turf Stakes consecutively from 2017 to 2018 and the 2019 E. P. Taylor Stakes.
At the Canadian Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras was tenth at the 2010 Breeders’ Stakes. The following year, Contreras was the 2011 Canadian Triple Crown winner with his wins at the Queen’s Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes and Breeders’ Stakes. With Inglorious and Pender Harbour, Contreras was the first jockey to use two horses to win the Canadian Triple Crown. In 2014, Contreras re-won the Breeders’ Stakes after having top three finishes at the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales. During the 2016 Triple Crown, Contreras was the winner at the Prince of Wales and the runner-up at the Queen’s Plate.
In 2017, Contreras came short of his second Triple Crown after he was tenth at the Breeders’ Stakes following his wins at the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales. In 2018, Contreras was runner up at the Queens Plate and Prince of Wales. The following year, Contreras was second at the Breeders’ Stakes and third at the Queens Plate. During the 2020 Triple Crown, Contreras won the Breeders’ Stake. In the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras was eighteenth at the 2012 Kentucky Derby and sixth at the 2018 Kentucky Derby. At the Preakness Stakes, Contreras had a third place finish at the 2014 Preakness Stakes and was sixth during the 2018 Preakness Stakes.
For the Canadian Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras won both the Woodbine Oaks and the Bison City Stakes in 2011. Contreras failed to win the 2011 Triple Tiara after he finished fourth at the Wonder Where Stakes. Contreras was also the runner up at Woodbine Oaks in 2012 and 2016. He also finished second at Bison City in 2014. In 2017, Contreras won the Woodbine Oaks and Wonder Where Stakes while coming in fifth at Bison City. At the American Triple Tiara of Thoroughbred Racing, Contreras was sixth at the 2011 Alabama Stakes.
Competing in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge, Contreras qualified for the Juvenile Fillies Turf event at the 2011 Breeders’ Cup with his win at the Natalma Stakes. After he did not appear at the Juvenile Fillies Turf event, Contreras was seventh in the Juvenile Fillies race and thirteenth at the Juvenile event. In other Breeders’ Cup editions, Contreras was sixth in the Juvenile event at the 2012 Breeders’ Cup. In the Turf Sprint, Contreras had a fourth place finish at the 2016 Breeders’ Cup. The following year, Contreras was runnerup at the Filly and Mare Sprint event during the 2017 Breeders’ Cup. While at the 2018 Breeders’ Cup, Contreras raced at the Juvenile, Sprint and Dirt Mile. During these events, Contreras was third in the dirt mile, eighth in the sprint and eleventh in the juvenile.
In December 2018, Contreras won his 2,000th North American race while competing at Woodbine Racetrack. During his career, Contreras has won more than 2,300 races and accumulated over $97 million in prize winnings. In Equibase rankings for North American jockeys, Contreras was in the top 100 for earnings since 2009 and top 100 for wins since 2010. His best performances during these years were a seventh-place earnings rank in 2011 and a thirteenth place wins rank in 2017. Contreras also received the Sovereign Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2011 and 2012.