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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

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

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    • Age: Died at 96 (1907-2003)
    • Birthplace: Wakefield, United Kingdom
    • 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, USA
    • 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
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Pat Day is listed (or ranked) 5 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 who ...more

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    • 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: 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. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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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: 73
    • Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico
    • Profession: Jockey
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    Corey Nakatani is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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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: 45
    • Birthplace: Covina, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Jockey
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