Jose Lezcano was born April 20, 1985, Panama. He currently resides in Plantation, Fla. He is single and has one brother that still lives in Panama. Through Oct. 10, 2008, Lezcano ranked 14th in the nation by earnings with $7,983,574 and 232 winners from 1124 starters. He won at a 21% rate, finishing in the money 51% of the time. Knocked off perennial leader Joe Bravo to take the Monmouth Park riding title in 2008 with 141 wins, started off leading the 2008 fall season at the Meadowlands as well ... agent Jason Bidas holds his book.
Top mounts for 2008 included Einstein (G1 Gulfstream Park Turf Stakes), Visionaire (G3 Gotham Stakes), Seattle Smooth (G2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion Stakes), Maram (G3 Miss Grillo Stakes), Social Queen (G3 Eatontown Handicap, Politely Stakes), Electrify (Forever Whirl Stakes), Shopton Lane (Formal Gold Stakes, Skip Away Stakes), and nine other stakes winners at Monmouth Park or the Meadowlands.
Tied a track record at Monmouth on June 22, 2008, riding six winners – including Coli Bear in the Blue Sparkler Stakes – on one card.
Rode Deputy Glitters to to a eighth place finish in the 2006 Kentucky Derby (G1), his first Triple Crown mount.
Won the Tampa Bay Downs riding title in 2006, the same year he captured the G3 Tampa Bay Derby with Deputy Glitters.
Won the 2006 riding title at The Meadowlands.
Spent his first season at Monmouth in 2005, finishing fifth in the standings overall.
His first win came in March of 2004 at Gulfstream Park aboard Cloudy Gray.
Attended the Laffit Pincay Jockey School in his native Panama before moving to the U.S. in January of 2003 and launching his career at Gulfstream Park.