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Fernando Jara
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Occupation: Jockey
Birthplace: Herrera, Panama
Birth date: December 18, 1987 (1987-12-18) (age 22)
Career wins: 101 (ongoing)
Major Racing Wins & Honours & Awards
Major Racing Wins
Belmont Stakes (2006)
Suburban Handicap (2006)
Whitney Handicap (2006)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2006)
Clasico del Caribe (2006)
Donn Handicap (2007)
Dubai World Cup (2007)
Significant Horses
Like Now, Jazil, Invasor

Fernando Jara (born December 18, 1987 in Panama) is thoroughbred horse racing jockey in the United States. Jara had become a well-established jockey in Panama at the age of 15 and came to the United States in late December 2003.

In 2006, he began riding for Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Racing and rode their colt Jazil to a fourth place dead heat finish in the Kentucky Derby then captured the final leg of the Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. For Shadwell he also rode Invasor to wins in the Suburban and Whitney Handicaps plus the Breeders' Cup Classic and Dubai World Cup.

Represented by former jockey Randy Romero until February 2007, Jara then hired Gatewood Bell. Under Bell's guidance, Jara rode Invasor to the winner's circle in the 2007 Dubai World Cup.

Toward the end of his relationship with Romero, and even more afterward, Jara's career hit a virtual standstill. He ended up leaving NY and moving his tack to FL. That move lasted for a very short period of time. In an effort to revive his career, Jara relocated once again to CA, and again got very few mounts and produced little results. After a spill at Hollywood Park, he subsequently returned to Panama. After his shoulder injury healed, he began riding in Panama where he's been riding for most of 2008.

In October 2008 news reports announced that Jara would be returning to Dubai, the scene of perhaps his greatest triumph -- where he won the world's richest race -- the Dubai World Cup, on Invasor in 2007. Jara would begin riding for Doug Watson during the 2008-2009 season.

Jara is an avid supporter of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

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