Joe Bongiorno

Joe Bongiorno (D)
Colts Neck, NJ
Birthplace: Red Bank, NJ
Birthdate: 9/23/93

Joe Bongiorno began working with Buzzy Sholty at his Magical Acres Stable in Chesterfield NJ.  In his first season, Joe won 6 pari-mutuel races in 14 starts, along with two seconds and three thirds.  He was at Saratoga in 2010, working with Mark and Melissa Beckwith and knew that was where he wanted to drive.

Joe Bongiorno came to Saratoga right after finishing high school in New Jersey in 2011.  He won his amateur driving titles while in New Jersey and knew it might be a little tough, but "right off the bat, the horses were racing good.  It made it easy for me to drive and from there I ended up picking up more work and it worked out well." 

Just starting out, Bongiorno has stamped himself as one of the United States' top young talents.  Joe won the Johnny Page Award for Up and Coming Driver in 2012 at Saratoga Raceway.

Joe finished 10th in the overall driver standings in 2013.

Year

 Starts

1st

2nd

3rd

UDR

Purse Money 

2013

813

112

 109

91

.250

$916,271 

2012 

1017

153

141

121

.267

$1,087,054 

2011

259

33

32

29

.233

$121,417 

Joe Bongiorno
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