Pablo Falero: Early Life, Classic Wins & Net Worth

If you are fascinated by horse racing and have participated in various races, you must have heard the name Pablo Falero many times.

Gustavo Pablo Falero, mostly known as just Pablo Falero, is a professional jockey from Uruguay.

Above all, he has won many G1s competitions in South America, including the biggest races in the continent.

For instance, he won ‘the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini’ and the ‘GP Latinoamericano’ five times.

However, he retired after participating in Olympic Harvard. After that, he started coaching.

Pablo Falero in front of jersey cupboard
Pablo posing for interview after retirement (source: headtopics.com)

The 54 years old jokey had a long-running successful jokey career of 38 years in the saddle.

He has recorded more than 9,500 wins. Similarly, he has no fewer than 21 jockeys’ titles to his name.

Therefore, he was dubbed as the ‘racing’s Maradona’ in Argentina.

Quick Facts

Full Name Gustavo Pablo Falero
Birth Date 12th December 1966
Birth Place Conchillas, Colonia, Uruguay
Age 54 years old
Height N/A
Weight N/A
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Build Short-Average
Nationality Uruguayan
Ethnicity Uruguayan
Nick Name Racing’s Maradona, Aladino
Education No School
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Patricia Yanet Moris Chevalier
Children Names Vanesa, Romina and Pablo
Siblings N/A
Father’s Name N/A
Mother’s Name N/A
Siblings N/A
Occupation Jockey, Coach
Sport Equestrian sport
Race Winners Over 9500
Jockey’s Titles 21
Classic Races Won 102
Racing Debut Age 15 years old
Racing Debut Location Real San Carlos, Colonia
Racing Debut Race 600 meter
First Race Win 1982
First Statistic Win 1985, aged 18 at Real San Carlos
Social Media Facebook
Horse Race Merch Wall Art, Racing Boardgame
Last Updated October, 2021

Pablo Falero: Childhood and First Winner

Pablo was born on the 12th December 1966 in a town called Conchillas, located in the western area of the department of Colonia of Uruguay.

Initially, Pablo spent his childhood on a ranch in Colonia and loved horses from a young age.

As a result, he didn’t go to school and spent most of his time riding and looking after horses on the ranch.

Initially, he went to the racecourse at Real San Carlos, Colonia, to make his debut in professional riding as a jockey in a 600-meter race.

Finally, in 1982, Pablo registered his first race win. But he failed to win the corresponding statistic by a match difference.

Later in 1985, his first statistic win came at the age of 18. In addition, it was in the same place where he made his debut, Real San Carlos.

After that, he began to start his journey into ‘Las Piedras’ and ‘Maronas,’ which are the top two racetracks of Uruguay.

Pablo shaking hands with president-elect of the time Luis Lacalle Pou
Pablo with the president-elect, Luis Lacalle Pou, and his father, Luis Alberto Lacalle, after classic win in Maronas in 1990 (source: thoroughbredracing.com)

Later at the age of 17, Pablo became a father. Likewise, after two decades, he became a grandfather.

To sum up, as of 2021, he has three children of his own and five grandchildren.

His youngest son, also named Pablo, worked as his agent for the last time. In addition, he has continued to accompany him at the stud with the first Vacation horses he received.

Further, his other children, Vanessa, and the oldest one, Romina, are also close with their father.

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Pablo Falero: Age, Build, and Injuries

Pablo has an average build with black hair and brown eyes with a friendly smile.

As of October, 2021, the Uruguayan jokey is 54 years old.

Despite the old age, he has said that he still feels great and has the reflexes he needs to be a jockey.

In addition, his words, as written above, show his great care for his health.

In 1998, he had an accident and broke his spine, but despite that, he managed to recover and went back to riding horses.

Again, in 2012, he was out of action for three months due to a diaphragm hernia, making it hard for him to speak.

As a result, the racer had to go to the hospital for an operation. At this time, he gained a couple of kilos in weight.

Because of his commitment to getting back to health, he got back to racing in a short period.

Pablo Falero: Career

Firstly, Pablo made his debut at 14. Then, he won his first race named Unica in 1982. And finally, he recorded his first statistic win in 1985.

After that first statistic win at Real San Carlos, he moved into the top racetracks of Uruguay, Las Piedras, and Maronas.

Later in 1991, he moved and settled in Argentina. Moreover, his move to Argentina marked the beginning of his successful career.

Furthermore, his great success started as the first mount of the Haras Apartment stable of the Lottero family in Argentina.

Likewise, he made a remarkable event binomial statistics with the coach and first barn caretaker, Juan Carlos Maldotti.

Pablo on a car infront of fans
Falero being carried in front of Maronas crowd as a farewell, wearing his debut jacket at age 14 (source: throughbredracing.com)

Additionally, he managed to win numerous competitions.

Indeed, it was impressive as he did so with different horses, including Potrillon, Storm Mayor, Guarachero, Pryka, Emigrant, Randy Cat, etc.

Despite these records, his most outstanding performances were with Pyrka in 2008, Anjiz Star in 2005, and Impression in 2000.

He managed to win several Grand Prix. For instance, Buenos Aires City Grand Prize eight times, Gold Cup Grand Prix, and Criadores Grand Prize seven times each.

Moreover, he managed to win more than 21 classic races.

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Records

His overall recorded tally is 9,580, which puts him third on the all-time list.

To clarify, he is behind Jorge Ricardo with a record of 12,975, and North American Russell Baze with a history of 12,844.

During his career, he raced alongside Jorge Ricardo in Buenos Aires for about two decades. 

On the other hand, records and statistics published in media in Argentina suggest a total tally of 8,347.

However, the record completely ignores his wins in several seasons in Uruguay before moving to Argentina.

Falero is unarguably a popular figure with many G1s wins in South America despite the different records.

These wins also include the biggest races of the continent, the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini and the GP Latinoamericano.

Pablo with daughter
An old photo with his daughter (source: facebook.com)

However, Pablo considers and identifies the G1 Gran Premio Enrique Acebal as his most crucial triumph.

It came after he was on the sidelines due to a horrible injury. Moreover, it came after nine months due to three fractured cervical vertebrae.

With that injury, the doctors even warned he might never be able to ride again. However, Pablo recovered and returned to racing.

In addition, he recorded a victory with Delivery at San Isidro in 1998 to identify it as his most crucial triumph.

Retirement

Falero was dubbed as ‘racing’s Maradona’ hue to his more than 9500 wins and 38 years in the saddle in Argentina.

His legendary riding career ended in South America at the age of 53-year-old in 2020. However, sadly, it was not a fairy tale ending.

In other words, his final race was in Olympic Harvard, and he finished fourth in the Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez at Maronas racecourse in Montevideo. 

He recorded wins at seven countries in his long-run career. Moreover, the countries include Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, and Paraguay.

However, he failed to celebrate victories in the United States, Dubai, and Spain. 

After retiring as a Jockey, Pablo became a coach.

Despite the number of wins, he does not consider himself good. But, he believes he was smart and lucky as a jockey which helped him to win.

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Classic Races Win

He won the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini four times with Potrillion in 1991.

Moreover, Pablo also won Potri Pe in 1992, Guarachero in 2000, and Storm Mayor in 2005. And he won the GP Latinoamericano with Potrillon on 1992.

Additionally, Pablo has won several other classic races, which are mentioned below:

  • Buenos Aires City Grand Prize (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2016)
  • Gold Cup Grand Prix (1996, 1997, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2013, 2016)
  • Gran Premio Polla de Potrancas (1997, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2011)
  • Gran Premio Estrellas Sprint( 1994, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2019)
  • Argentine Republic Grand Prize (1994, 1995, 2003, 2009)
  • Gran Premio Polla de Potrillos (2001, 2005, 2016)
  • Two Thousand Guineas Grand Prize (1994, 2003, 2013)
  • San Martin General Grand Prize (1994, 1997, 2005)
  • Grand Prize Estrellas Classic (1992, 2012)
  • Gilberto Lerena Grand Prix (2002, 2004)
  • National Grand Prize (1999)
  • Grand Prix of the Americas-OSAF (1995)

In addition to these classic races’ wins, he ended his career as a jokey with 3rd most wins in the world.

Pablo Falero: Social Media

Although the 54 years old retired jockey does not have any verified social media account, he has a Facebook account with over 8.8k followers.

Pablo with grandson
Falero with his grandson (source: facebook.com)

Additionally, this account is a personal Falero account where he posts his professional jockey-related and personal life photos.

However, he does not seem to be present on any social media platform except Facebook.

Pablo Falero: FAQs

Is the all-time top jockey Jorge Ricardo a colleague of Pablo Falero?

Pablo Falero and Jorge Ricardo were colleagues in Buenos Aires for nearly two decades, where they won multiple races together. 

Did Pablo Falero win his final race?

No, Pablo Falero failed to end his jockey career as a fairy tale.

Moreover, he finished his last race fourth in the Gran Premio Jose Pedro Ramirez at Maronas racecourse in Montevideo.

Which classic race did Pablo Falero win the most?

Falero won the Buenos Aires City Grand Prize eight times.

Moreover, he won it in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2016.

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