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Famous Male Jockeys

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List of famous male jockeys, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male jockeys list contains the most prominent and top males known for being jockeys. There are thousand of males working as jockeys in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic jockeys have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a jockey then the people below should give you inspiration.

This list is made up of people like José A. Santos and Robbie Power.

While this isn't a list of all male jockeys, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male jockeys?" and "Who are the best male jockeys?"


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    John Eric Longden was an American Hall of Fame jockey who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His father emigrated to Canada in 1909, settling in Taber, Alberta. By 1912, Longden Sr. had saved enough money to send for his wife and young son to join him in Canada. However, the Longdens' train was ...more

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1907-2003)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Jockey, Horse trainer
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    Red Pollard
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    John M. "Red" Pollard was a Canadian thoroughbred horse racing jockey. A founding member of the Jockeys' Guild in 1940, Pollard rode at racetracks in the United States and is best known for riding Seabiscuit.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1909-1981)
    • Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Corey Nakatani
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    Corey S. Nakatani is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. He got his big break in 1990 when he rode Itsallgreektome to win big stakes races. Nakatani currently resides on the Southern California circuit of Santa Anita, Hollywood, and Del Mar. On October 8, 2011, he won 6 races in one day ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Covina, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Christopher Wiley Antley was a champion American jockey. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but grew up in Elloree, South Carolina. He left school at sixteen to ride horses professionally at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. His first win was on a horse named Vaya Con Dinero. Soon, he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 34 (1966-2000)
    • Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey, Actor
    • Credits: A Bronx Tale
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    Chris McCarron
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    Christopher John "Chris" McCarron is a retired American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey. He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron. Chris McCarron began riding professionally in 1974 at East Coast racetracks where he won the 1974 ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Jockey
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    William Lee "Bill" Shoemaker was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record of number of professional jockey victories.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1931-2003)
    • Birthplace: Fabens, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey, Horse trainer
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    Gary L. Stevens
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    Gary Lynn Stevens is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey, actor, and sports analyst. He became a professional jockey in 1979 and rode his first of three Kentucky Derby winners in 1988. As of 2014, he has also won the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes three times each, as well as 10 Breeders' ...more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Caldwell, Idaho, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey, Actor
    • Credits: Seabiscuit, Luck
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    Eugene James was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, James was a very promising young jockey who began racing in 1930 at age seventeen. According to TIME magazine, he "made a sensation" in his first season of racing. Although he didn't start until June, his 138 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 20 (1913-1933)
    • Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Edgar S. Prado is a Peruvian-born American jockey, a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey in thoroughbred horse racing. His big break came in 1997 when he won 536 races, making him the fourth rider in history to win 500 races in one year. Much of that success was gained in Maryland, where he ruled that ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Lima, Peru
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori, MBE is an Italian horse racing jockey and celebrity. Dettori has been Champion Jockey on three occasions and has ridden the winners of more than 500 Group races. His most celebrated achievement was riding all seven winners on British Champions' Day at Ascot in 1996. He is ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Milan, Italy
    • Profession: Jockey
    • Credits: A Question of Sport
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    Bill A. Pearson was an American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing, a quiz-show winner, and an art dealer. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Pearson was successful jockey throughout the 1940s and 1950s, credited with over 800 victories, Pearson developed his interest in art after a serious riding ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1920-2002)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey, Art dealer
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    Steve Cauthen
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    Steve Cauthen is an American jockey who is now retired.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Covington, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Cash Asmussen

    Cash Asmussen is an American thoroughbred horse racing jockey. Born Brian Keith Asmussen, in 1977 he legally changed his name to "Cash". From a Texas horse racing family, his parents, Keith and Marilyn "Sis" Asmussen, operate a ranch in Laredo in Webb County, Texas. His brother, Steve Asmussen, is a ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Agar, South Dakota, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Patrick Angel Valenzuela is an American thoroughbred horse racing jockey. Born into a racing family, his father plus three of his uncles, including Ismael Valenzuela, were jockeys. He rode his first career winner on November 10, 1978, at Sunland Park Racetrack in Sunland Park, New Mexico. In 1980, ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Montrose, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Seamie Heffernan

    James Anthony "Seamie" Heffernan is an Irish flat racing jockey who rides mainly for horse racing trainer Aidan O'Brien. Heffernan began his racing career as an apprentice jockey riding for Jim Bolger and shared the Irish champion apprentices title in 1994.He has two children Paddy[1997] and ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Christophe Soumillon

    Christophe Soumillon is a Belgian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Dick Saunders

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1933-2002)
    • Birthplace: Harlestone, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Lester Piggott
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    Lester Keith Piggott is a retired English professional jockey, popularly known as "The Long Fellow". With 4,493 career wins, including nine Epsom Derby victories, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Wantage, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Laffit Pincay, Jr.
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    Laffit Alejandro Pincay, Jr. was flat racing's all-time winningest jockey, still holding second place many years after his retirement. He competed primarily in the United States.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Walter Swinburn

    Walter R. Swinburn is a retired flat racing jockey and trainer who competed in Great Britain and Ireland as well as internationally.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Jockey
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