List of Famous Jockeys

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

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  • George Monroe Woolf (May 31, 1910 – January 4, 1946), nicknamed "The Iceman", was a Canadian-born thoroughbred race horse jockey. An annual jockey's award given by the United States Jockeys' Guild ...more
  • John Eric "Johnny" Longden (February 14, 1907 – February 14, 2003) was an American Hall of Fame jockey who was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England. His father emigrated to Canada in 1909, settling ...more
  • William Lee "Bill" Shoemaker (August 19, 1931 – October 12, 2003) was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record for total professional jockey victories.
  • John M. "Red" Pollard (October 27, 1909 – March 7, 1981) was a Canadian horse racing jockey. A founding member of the Jockeys' Guild in 1940, Pollard rode at racetracks in the United States and is ...more
  • John R. Velazquez

    John R. Velazquez

    John R. Velazquez (born November 24, 1971) is an American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing. Born in Puerto Rico, where he began his career as a jockey, he came to the mainland US in 1990. In 2004 ...more
  • Kent Jason Desormeaux (born February 27, 1970) 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. He has ...more