Matthew Straight

Matthew Straight

owner/director lil sluggers miami dade llc

Career Highlights

Earned over $2,000,000.00 as a professional jockey.

First North American Racing Academy graduate to win a professional thoroughbred race.

Leading apprentice rider at : Keeneland (fall 2008), Turfway Park (fall 2008), Laurel (winter 2008), Pimlico (spring 2009).

Top 5 rider at the lucrative 2012 Kentucky Downs meet. 3 of the top 5 riders are among Horse Racings Hall of Fame

Featured in the 2013 National Doge RAM Triple Crown commercial .

Featured in documentary of Ron Turcotte the jockey of Secretariat.

Named as one of the top 10 people to watch in racing in the June 24th, 2009 issue of Thoroughbred Times magazine.

Featured article in the the October 24th issue of the Louisiville Courier Journal. 

Invited to speak on behalf of the Jockeys Guild at the National Symposium of Racing in Tucson Arizona, December 2009.

Invited to speak on behalf of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation at the Kentucky Employees Charitable Campaign, with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear in attendance

Work History

Work History
Nov 2014 - Present


Lil Sluggers Miami Dade LLC

Along with my wife I am the owner/director of a Child Development program teaching children ages 2-6 the basic fundamentals of Baseball .  I currently oversee all facets of running the business. Including handling phone calls, contacting vendors, arranging facility's, marketing campaigns, construction and management of our website and all social media sites, budget management, the ordering of supplies and equipment . I also handle all of the hiring of employees.  I do all training, background checks and payroll.

 Coaching: manage groups of 6 kids, teaching them in a fun, positive and encouraging manner. Deal with parents/caregivers. Make sure classes are following curriculum.

Feb 2014 - Present

Youth Coach

SoccerTots Broward

Coaching soccer and baseball to children 18 months-6 years old. As a coach I am teaching kids using running, jumping, kicking, balance, agility, fitness gross motor skills. Also while coaching I am teaching valuable social skills such as listening, following directions, taking turns and kindness to others. 

Jul 2014 - Dec 2014

Exercise Rider

Ron Pelligrini  Racing Stables

Exercised Thoroughbred racehorses in preparation for their current and future racing careers. Executed  the training schedule put together by trainer Ron Pelligrini. Provided detailed information about horse's after dismounting.   

Apr 2014 - Jul 2015

Material Handler

FedEx Express

Operates mechanized ramp equipment, a majority of total time worked. Meets aircraft and transports packages and freight to sort and heavyweight areas. Assists in ensuring aircraft, vehicles and containers are loaded/unloaded in a safe and efficient manner including dangerous goods, in accordance with proper packaging and freight handling techniques.  Ensures broken down freight is properly stored, staged and protected from the elements at all times. Properly handles packages covered by regulatory requirements, such as handling live animals and perishable goods. Separates packages by service type and destination, in accordance with established procedures. Reviews size and weight of packages to ensure conformance with service requested. Scans packages. Ensures all packages which cannot be sorted are staged as required. Assists in completing all related paperwork and manifests in an accurate and timely manner. Datacomms information to the appropriate parties. Performs clerical functions which may require a knowledge of general business and office procedures including maintaining follow-up files, answering phones, assembling materials for reports and composing letters. Audits belly cards, container close-outs and bills of loading. Maintains radio communication with appropriate personnel, as required.

Jun 2008 - Nov 2013


Self Employed

Professionally rode Thoroughbred Racehorses throughout the United States.  Jockeys are self employed contractors. A normal schedule would include: exercising horses 6-7 days a week early in the morning (to enhance the chances of getting mounts in races), and riding in the afternoons on race days. Conjointly with the horse's trainer and owner I planned racing strategies and provided accurate feedback after dismounting.  Riding requires a strict diet, along with great physical strength, fitness and stamina. In addition race riding requires fast reaction speeds and a fearless attitude. Most importantly, it is a priority to be dedicated and determined to able myself to endure the risks and pressures of the horse racing industry.

Dec 2007 - May 2008

Exercise Rider

Todd Pletcher Stables

Exercised Thoroughbred racehorses in preparation for their current and future racing careers. Executed  the training schedule put together by United States leading trainer Todd Pletcher. Provided detailed information about horse's after dismounting.   

Nov 2004 - Jun 2006

Activity Leader

Greenbush Childcaring

Provided general child care duties for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Students. Observed and monitored play activities. Entertained children by reading, assisting in daily homework, playing games, arts and crafts and athletics. Prepared and served snacks for the children. Accompanied children on field trips and other outings. Maintained high standards of excellence.

Feb 2004 - May 2004

Supply Assistant/Keeper of Specialist

New York State Department Of Tax and Finance

Temporary position for tax season. The position involved checking and correcting withholding tax returns where the ID number listed did not match any known entity in the system. I examined  the document. Searched the company name in New York State database using proprietary browser-based software. If the company was already in the database, I would assign the document the correct ID. If company was not in the database, I would then forward document(s) to the  appropriate department for addition to database.