List of Famous Jockeys People

List of Famous Jockeys

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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. 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.

Items include everything from Clare Balding to John "Red" Pollard.

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. (632 items)


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    George Woolf

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    George Woolf
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    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 a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1910-1946)
    • Birthplace: Cardston, Canada
    • Profession: Jockey
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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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    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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    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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    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 who ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Brush, Colorado, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Clare Balding is a 2013 Glamour Award winner of the presenter of the year.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Kingsclere, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Jockey, Presenter
    • Credits: A League of Their Own, Countryfile, The One Show, Famous and Fearless, New Year Live, + more
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    Angel Cordero, Jr.
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    Angel Tomas Cordero, Jr., is one of the leading thoroughbred horse racing jockeys of all time and the first Puerto Rican to be inducted into the United States' Racing Hall of Fame.more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico
    • 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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    Eddie Arcaro
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    George Edward Arcaro, known professionally as Eddie Arcaro, was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey who won more American classic races than any other jockey in history and is the only rider to have won the U.S. Triple Crown twice. He is widely regarded as the greatest jockey in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1916-1997)
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Gary Stevens is a Republican member of the Alaska Senate, representing the R District since his appointment in February 2003. He was previously a member of the Alaska House of Representatives from 2000 through 2003. Stevens was Senate President four four terms, from 2009 through 2012, leading a ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
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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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    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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    Frankie Dettori
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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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    Dick Saunders

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1933-2002)
    • Birthplace: Harlestone, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Jockey
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