Born: 10/02/73, Hutchinson, Kansas
Resides: Council Grove, Kansas
Family: Wife, Bonnie; daughter, Jordan LeAnn and sons, Brett and
- Birzer had another solid Oaklawn meet in 2016, finishing fifth in the standings with 30 wins and he enters 2017 having tied Ramon Vazquez for leading rider at Prairie Meadows. He also had a top five performance at Remington Park.
- A son of the nation’s heartland, Birzer is a veteran jockey who has spring-boarded successful Oaklawn meets into dominating performances at other tracks. He led the standings four times at The Woodlands outside Kansas City, Kan. and holds four titles at Prairie Meadows where he hit the 2,000-win milestone June 4, 2010.
- One of Birzer’s top horses was Patton’s Victory who gave him his first career graded stakes tally in the 2003 Fifth Season at Oaklawn. He teamed with that horse to win the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap and $50,000 Precisionist, as well.
- On Aug. 15, 1997, Birzer won six of his eight races at Columbus in Nebraska. The riding feat came the day after his daughter Jordan LeAnn was born.