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Willie Shoemaker

Willie Shoemaker (Horse racing.  Born, Fabens, TX, Aug. 19, 1931; died, San Marino, CA, Oct. 12, 2003.)  William Lee Shoemaker was far and away the world’s winningest horseracing jockey and, in fact, rode for nearly 20 years after he broke the record for wins.  Shoemaker surpassed the former world record holder, Johnny Longden (6,032) in 1970, […]

Eddie Delahoussaye

Eddie Delahoussaye (Horse racing.  Born, New Iberia, LA, Sept. 21, 1951.)  Although based in California starting in 1979, Eddie Delahoussaye numbered two Belmont Stakes winners among his more than 6,384 career victories, Delahoussaye made his first Belmont start aboard Gato Del Sol in 1982 and finished second.  His next two Belmont mounts (Risen Star in […]

Angel Cordero, Jr.

Angel Cordero, Jr. (Horse racing.  Born, Santurce, Puerto Rico, May 8, 1942.)  Beginning his career in 1962, Angel Cordero, Jr., became one of the winningest jockeys in history.  By 1990, his purse winnings had surpassed the $150 million mark aboard more than 6,700 winners.  He finished his career aboard 7,057 winners.  Cordero was the leading […]

Steve Cauthen

Steve Cauthen (Racing.  Born, Covington, KY, May 1, 1960.)  As the sensation of the 1977 thoroughbred year, Steve Cauthen set jockey riding records.  That year, as an apprentice, Cauthen led the nation by riding 487 winners worth $6,151,750.  His winning rides were the fourth-highest ever and the earnings set a record.  Of Cauthen’s wins, 433 […]

Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks (Racing.  Born, McCook, NE, Aug. 12, 1921; died, Louisville, KY, Sept. 23, 1979.)  While he never rode a winner in the Belmont Stakes, Steve Brooks was a highly regarded jockey.  Brooks won 4,451 races and purses worth $18,239,817 in a 34-year career that ended with his retirement in 1975.  His best mount was Ponder, […]

Braulio Baeza

Braulio Baeza (Horse racing.  Born, Panama City, Panama, Mar. 26, 1940.)  During his long career as one of New York’s (and America’s) most successful thoroughbred jockeys, Braulio Baeza accomplished almost everything possible for a jockey to achieve.  At age 21, Baeza rode the first of his three Belmont Stakes winners.  He was the nation’s leading […]

Ted Atkinson

Ted Atkinson (Horse racing.  Born, Toronto, Ont., June 17, 1916; died, Beaver Dam, VA, May 5, 2005.)  In the 20th century, no jockey dominated New York racing as did Ted Atkinson.  In a 15-year span from 1943-57, Atkinson was leading jockey at all New York tracks 11 times.  Atkinson became only the third jockey in […]

Eddie Arcaro

Eddie Arcaro (Horse racing. Born, Cincinnati, OH, Feb. 19, 1916; died, Miami, FL, Nov. 14, 1997.)  Although his full name was George Edward Arcaro, the man never used that handle and became known the world over simply as Eddie Arcaro.  Also, simply, he was one of the greatest jockeys in the history of thoroughbred racing.  […]

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