David Mello

Born: Aug. 2, 1984 

Birthplace: Foster, RI

  • David Mello has been a regular at Oaklawn Park the last few years, breaking into the top 10 in the standings for the first time in 2013. 
  • Mello, from Foster, Rhode Island, began grooming horses at the age of 13 and became a jockey in 2003 when he was 19.
  • Mello had a banner year in 2013 when he broke the record for the number of victories during a thoroughbred meet at Prairie Meadows by winning 99 races in a single meet; a record previously set at by jockey Terry Thompson, who won 97 races in 2011.
  • Won six stakes races in 2013 at Prairie Meadows:  the Golden Circle Stake with Vannistelrooy Star, the Iowa Sprint Handicap with Gentlemen’s Bet, the Iowa Stallion Stake on Big Sugarush, the Iowa Sorority Stake with Haforuhaforme, and both the Gray’s Lake Stake and Iowa Breeders’ Derby on Wolf Pack Jack.