Joe Santos, son of Derby-winning jockey Jose Santos: college athlete and future horse trainer

Remember the pictures of the young son of jockey Jose Santos, who won the Kentucky Derby aboard Funny Cide?

Joe Santos is now a freshman at Bellarmine University in Louisville. He’s a member of the Knights soccer team.

Santos enjoys riding horses, but he says by 14, he “shot up” and grew taller. So he turned to soccer as his athletic pursuit. He hopes to become a horse trainer.

“Whatever I do in life, it’s going to be involved with racing,” he said.

Check out this video feature on Joe Santos, son of Jose Santos, provided by Bellarmine University.

“My father said he was going to win the Derby, and he wound up winning,” he said. “It was probably the most exciting moment of my life.”


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