CODY JENSEN PROFILE

CODY JENSEN


Birthdate: 10-31-75; Logan, Utah
Family: Wife, Amy
Residence: Stanton, California

 

 

Top Career Moments:

- Won 2005 All American Futurity with Teller Cartel

- Won 2006 All American Futurity with No Secrets Here

- Won 2005 B of A California Champ. Challenge with Catchmeinyourdreams

- Won 2005 B of A Challenge Championship with Catchmeinyourdreams

- Won 2005 El Primero Del Ano with Dutch Schultz

- Won 2006 El Primero Del Ano with Volcom

- Won 2007 First Down Dash Hcp with Leading Spirit

- Won 2005 Cal Juvenile Challenge with Snowbound Sapphire

- Won 2005 Go Man Go with Whosleavingwho

- Won 2006 John Deere Cal Distaff with Blazin Fire

- Won 2007 John Deere Cal Distaff with Blazin Fire

- Won 2007 John Deere Distaff Challenge Champ. With Blazin Fire

- Won 2005 La Primera Del Ano with Louisiana Eye Opener

- Won 2006 Las Damas Hcp with Blazin Fire

- Won 2007 Las Damas Hcp with Blazin Fire

- Won 2005 Los Al Invitational with Catchmeinyourdreams

- Won 2007 Winter Champ with Volcom

- Won 2005 Winter Derby with One More Habit

- Won 2005 Mildred Vessels with Mongoose Jet Eye

- Won 2006 Miss Princess with Sassy Corona

- Won 2007 PCQHRA Derby with Frankie Shoots

- Won 2006 Rainbow Derby with Strawkins

- Won 2007 Red Cell Distance Chall Champ with Snowbound Superstar

- Won the Los Alamitos Winter Derby with One More Habit in 2005 and Lock To Load in 2003.
- Won the Los Alamitos Invitational Championship with two-time champion aged gelding Catchmeinyourdreams in 2003 and 2004. Also piloted Catchmeinyoudreams to wins in the 2003 MBNA America California Challenge and 2004 Go Man Go Handicap.
- Won the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity with Heza Secret Diamond in 2004.
- Won the Bayer Legend Nortwest Challenge with Go For Fame in 2004.
- Won the Los Alamitos Million Consolation Stakes with Be Real Quick in 2002.
- Won th Silver Dollar Futurity with All american Jewel in 2001 and Derby with BR Fantasy in 1999.
- Won the Utah Classic Futurity with Dustys Proudest in 1998.


 

Career Profile:  Growing up in the Intermountain region, Cody Jensen spent most of his youth traveling all over the region with his family, as his father, Leon, chased races in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming. Leon Jensen rode professionally for 22 years, enjoying a solid career in which dedication and a strong work ethic were his calling cards everywhere he went. Those qualities have rubbed off on his son, Cody, whose talent and toughness earned him the PCQHRA Special Achievement Award in 2004. "I didn't start getting on horses until I was a senior in high school," Cody said. "Before that my dad would always send me away from the horses. He wanted me to concentrate on school and that's what I did. I didn't get as good a jump as most young riders did, but I was able to enjoy school. It was my idea to pursue the profession. I would go down to the track every morning, just because I thought it was a good way to make extra money. My dad started teaching me all the nuances of being a jockey and I tell you what, I couldn't have asked for a better or tougher teacher. His biggest thing had to do with my attitude and effort when I sat on a horse. He would say, "if you don't accomplish anything in this sport, at least you can give it all you got every single race." He never wanted to hear someone say that his son didn't give 100%." Cody made his career debut in 1995, just six weeks after he began working horses at the track. He finished second in his first professional race followed by a 20-race wait before visiting the winner's circle for the first time. The young man also enjoyed the thrill of riding alongside his father more than 100 times before the elder Jensen decided to hang up his boots. "A few times we finished one-two."

 

Jensen missed the mount on Catchmeinyourdreams in last year's Champion of Champions after breaking his left femur during a training accident in 2003. "One of the first things that went through my mind as a laid in the dirt waiting for the paramedics to arrive was knowing that I was not going to get to ride Catchmeinyourdreams in the Champion of Champions," he said. Jensen did get a chance to ride Catchmeinyourdreams in 2004, piloting him to a fourth place finish. "That horse and I have been through so much together. I've been with him from day one. I broke him when he was a baby and I've had the pleasure watching him develop into a champion."