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

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Bill Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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.
Red Pollard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more
John R. Velazquez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more
Kent Desormeaux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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. ...more
Javier Castellano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Javier Castellano
Javier Castellano (born October 23, 1977, in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. Castellano began his riding career in 1996 at Santa Rita and La ...more
Pat Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
For Melvin "Pat" Day the New Zealand artist see Melvin DayPatrick Alan "Pat" Day (born October 13, 1953 in Brush, Colorado) is an American jockey. He is a four-time winner of ...more
Jerry Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Jerry D. Bailey (born August 29, 1957 in Dallas, Texas) is an NBC Sports thoroughbred racing analyst and a retired American Hall of Fame jockey.
Clare Balding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Clare Victoria Balding (born 29 January 1971) is a broadcaster, journalist and author. She currently presents for BBC Sport, Channel 4, BT Sport and formerly presented the religious programme ...more
Garrett K. Gomez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Garrett Keith Gomez (January 1, 1972 – December 14, 2016) was an American thoroughbred jockey who won two Eclipse Awards and thirteen Breeders' Cup races during his career.
Angel Cordero, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Angel Tomas Cordero Jr. (born: November 8, 1942 ) 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 ...more
Corey Nakatani is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Corey S. Nakatani (born October 21, 1970 in Covina, California, United States) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. He got his big break in 1990 when he rode Itsallgreektome to win ...more
Russell Baze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Russell Avery Baze (born 7 August 1958 ) is a retired horse racing jockey. He holds the record for the most race wins in North American horse racing history, and is a member of the United States ...more
Joseph Talamo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Joseph Talamo (born January 12, 1990 in Marrero, Louisiana) is a Champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. Born and raised in Marrero on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, ...more
Eddie Arcaro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
George Edward Arcaro (February 19, 1916 – November 14, 1997), known professionally as Eddie Arcaro, was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey who won more American classic ...more
Rafael Bejarano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Rafael Bejarano
Rafael Bejarano (born June 23, 1982 in Arequipa, Peru) is a champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He trained at the Peruvian national riding school before embarking on his ...more
Rosie Napravnik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Rosie Napravnik
Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik (born February 9, 1988) is a former American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey and two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks. Beginning her career in 2005, she ...more
Gary Stevens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Gary Lee Stevens (born August 21, 1941 in McMinnville, Oregon) is a Republican member of the Alaska Senate, representing the R District since his appointment in February 2003. He was previously ...more
Chris Antley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Christopher Wiley Antley (January 6, 1966 – December 2, 2000) was a champion American jockey. He was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and grew up in Elloree, South Carolina. He left school at ...more
Joel Rosario is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Joel Rosario
Joel Rosario (born January 14, 1985) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing, originally from the Dominican Republic. In the space of five weeks in 2013 he rode the winners of the ...more
Chris McCarron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Christopher John "Chris" McCarron (born March 27, 1955, Boston, Massachusetts) is a retired American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey. He mounted his first horse ever at ...more
Gary L. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Gary L. Stevens is the name of Gary Stevens (politician), Gary Lee Stevens (born 1941), Republican member of the Alaska Senate Gary Stevens (jockey), Gary Lynn Stevens (born 1963), American ...more
Edgar Prado is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Edgar S. Prado (Lima, June 12, 1967) 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 ...more
Frankie Dettori is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori, MBE (born 15 December 1970) is an Italian horse racing jockey based in the United Kingdom. Dettori has been Champion Jockey on three occasions and has ...more