Meanwhile in … Jamaica: Breeders’ Cup winner Rajiv Maragh launches Road Jockey delivery app

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Rajiv Maragh: top jockey has set up his own food delivery business in Jamaica. Photo: NYRA/ Joe Labozzetta (Coglianese Photo)

Jamaica: Rajiv Maragh, a four-time Breeders’ Cup winning jockey, has added a side dish to the job that provides his main bread and butter by becoming a tech entrepreneur.

The 36-year-old Maragh this month launches Road Jockey, a food delivery app, in Montego Bay on Jamaica, the Caribbean island where he was born.

Maragh, who is approaching 2,000 winners in the US, has noticed the boom in demand for takeaway orders during the pandemic and hopes to secure a slice of the market through Road Jockey’s mobile app and website.

Maragh, who is CEO of Road Jockey, hopes the recruitment of up to 42,000 delivery drivers will also help ease the unemployment rates as the business expands to other areas of the island.

“We feel like the Caribbean deserves the service that the rest of the world gets,” he said. “We are really striving to just [improve] what we have, grow and just keep expanding as much as [we can] throughout the Caribbean.

Maragh, who is based at Gulfstream Park, has ridden 1,937 winners from 15,660 rides which have earned over  $100 million in prize-money.

On Groupie Doll he won two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (2012 & 2013) and also captured the 2011 Dirt Mile on Caleb’s Posse and 2012 Juvenile Sprint on Hightail.

He has ridden 17 winners in 2021 but stopped riding at the height of the pandemic for the health and welfare of his family.

In 2015 he almost lost his life when he fractured his spine, broke several vertebrae and ribs and suffered a punctured lung in a spill at Belmont Park which put him out of action for 16 months.

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