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List of famous jockeys, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top jockeys in the world? This includes the most prominent jockeys, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in our lists of celebrities who own horses and famous people who died while riding a horse. This list of notable jockeys is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic jockeys were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned jockeys.

This list of famous horse jockeys include Bill Shoemaker, Clare Balding, John "Red" Pollard, and more. Featuring English jockeys, Australian jockeys, and retired jockeys, this list has them all! 

From reputable, prominent, and well known jockeys to the lesser known jockeys of today, these are some of the best professionals in the jockey field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous jockeys ever?" and "What are the names of famous jockeys?" then you're in the right place. Now enjoy these hilarious horse puns

George Woolf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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George Woolf


George Monroe Woolf, nicknamed "The Iceman", was a Canadian-born thoroughbred race horse jockey. An annual jockey's award given by the United States Jockeys' Guild is named in his honor. He became known for riding the people's champion Seabiscuit to victories in 1938. After his early death following ...more

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Age: Died at 36 (1910-1946)

Birthplace: Cardston, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Jockey

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Johnny Longden is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

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Age: Died at 96 (1907-2003)

Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Jockey, Horse trainer

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Bill Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Jockey, Horse trainer

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Red Pollard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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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

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Profession: Jockey

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John R. Velazquez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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John R. Velazquez


John R. Velazquez is a jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing. Admitted to the Horse Racing Hall of fame in 2012, as of 2014, he is the all-time leading money-earning jockey in North America. He learned to ride in his native Puerto Rico. On January 3, 1990, he won his first race, aboard Rodas at El ...more

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico

Nationality: United States of America, Puerto Rico

Profession: Jockey

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Kent Desormeaux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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Kent Jason Desormeaux is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey who holds the U.S. record for most races won in a single year with 598 wins in 1989. ...more

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Maurice, Louisiana, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Jockey

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Javier Castellano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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Javier Castellano


Javier Castellano is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. Castellano began his riding career in 1996 at La Rinconada and Santa Rita racetracks in Venezuela. In June 1997 moved to the United States where rode at race tracks in southern Florida until 2001 when he moved to race on the New ...more

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Age: 39

Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela

Nationality: Venezuela, United States of America

Profession: Jockey

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Pat Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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Patrick Alan "Pat" Day is an American jockey. He is a four-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1991. Day also received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1985, given annually to a North American jockey ...more

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Age: 62

Birthplace: Brush, Colorado, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Jockey

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