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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. 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 Woolf
    George Monroe Woolf (May 31, 1910 – January 4, 1946), nicknamed "The Iceman", was a...  more
  • Johnny Longden
    John Eric "Johnny" Longden (February 14, 1907 – February 14, 2003) was an American Hall of...  more
  • Bill Shoemaker
    William Lee "Bill" Shoemaker (August 19, 1931 – October 12, 2003) was an American jockey. For...  more
  • Red Pollard
    John M. "Red" Pollard (October 27, 1909 – March 7, 1981) was a Canadian horse racing jockey. A...  more
  • John R. Velazquez

    John R. Velazquez

    John R. Velazquez (born November 24, 1971) is an American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing....  more
  • Kent Desormeaux
    Kent Jason Desormeaux (born February 27, 1970) is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall...  more
  • Javier Castellano

    Javier Castellano

    Javier Castellano (born October 23, 1977, in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a jockey in...  more
  • Pat Day
    For Melvin "Pat" Day the New Zealand artist see Melvin DayPatrick Alan "Pat" Day (born October...  more
  • Jerry Bailey
    Jerry D. Bailey (born August 29, 1957 in Dallas, Texas) is an NBC Sports thoroughbred racing...  more
  • Clare Balding
    Clare Victoria Balding (born 29 January 1971) is a broadcaster, journalist and author. She...  more
  • Garrett K. Gomez
    Garrett Keith Gomez (January 1, 1972 – December 14, 2016) was an American thoroughbred jockey...  more
  • Angel Cordero, Jr.
    Angel Tomas Cordero Jr. (born: November 8, 1942 ) is one of the leading thoroughbred horse...  more
  • Corey Nakatani
    Corey S. Nakatani (born October 21, 1970 in Covina, California, United States) is an American...  more
  • Russell Baze
    Russell Avery Baze (born 7 August 1958 ) is a retired horse racing jockey. He holds the...  more
  • Joseph Talamo
    Joseph Talamo (born January 12, 1990 in Marrero, Louisiana) is a Champion jockey in American...  more
  • Eddie Arcaro
    George Edward Arcaro (February 19, 1916 – November 14, 1997), known professionally as Eddie...  more
  • Rafael Bejarano

    Rafael Bejarano

    Rafael Bejarano (born June 23, 1982 in Arequipa, Peru) is a champion jockey in American...  more
  • Rosie Napravnik

    Rosie Napravnik

    Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik (born February 9, 1988) is a former American Thoroughbred horse...  more
  • Gary Stevens
    Gary Lee Stevens (born August 21, 1941 in McMinnville, Oregon) is a Republican member of the...  more
  • Chris Antley
    Christopher Wiley Antley (January 6, 1966 – December 2, 2000) was a champion American...  more
  • Joel Rosario

    Joel Rosario

    Joel Rosario (born January 14, 1985) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing,...  more
  • Chris McCarron
    Christopher John "Chris" McCarron (born March 27, 1955, Boston, Massachusetts) is a retired...  more
  • Gary L. Stevens
    Gary L. Stevens is the name of Gary Stevens (politician), Gary Lee Stevens (born 1941),...  more
  • Edgar Prado
    Edgar S. Prado (Lima, June 12, 1967) is a Peruvian-born American jockey, a U.S. Racing Hall of...  more
  • Frankie Dettori
    Lanfranco "Frankie" Dettori, MBE (born 15 December 1970) is an Italian horse racing jockey...  more