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 
 2014  180  14  18  27  .183 $110,097 
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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