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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, 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 ...more

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

Bill Shoemaker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
William Lee "Bill" Shoemaker was an American jockey. For 29 years he held the world record of number of professional jockey victories.

Red Pollard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

John R. Velazquez is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
John R. Velazquez John R. Velazquez is a jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing. Admitted to the Horse Racing Hall of fame in 2012, as of 2014, he is the all-time leading money-earning jockey in North America. He ...more

Kent Desormeaux is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Kent Jason Desormeaux 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.

Javier Castellano is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Javier Castellano Javier Castellano is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. Castellano began his riding career in 1996 at La Rinconada and Santa Rita racetracks in Venezuela. In June 1997 moved to the ...more

Pat Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Jerry Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Jerry D. Bailey is a retired American Hall of Fame jockey.

Clare Balding is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Clare Balding is a 2013 Glamour Award winner of the presenter of the year.

Garrett K. Gomez is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Garrett Keith Gomez is an American thoroughbred jockey who is currently inactive.

Angel Cordero, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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.

Corey Nakatani is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Russell Baze is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Russell Avery Baze is a 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 Racing Hall of Fame.

Joseph Talamo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Joseph Talamo is a Champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. Born and raised in Marrero on the West Bank of the Mississippi River, within the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area, ...more

Eddie Arcaro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Rafael Bejarano is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Rafael Bejarano Rafael Bejarano is a champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He trained at the Peruvian national riding school before embarking on his professional career in 1999. Having met with ...more

Rosie Napravnik is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Rosie Napravnik Anna Rose "Rosie" Napravnik is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey and two-time winner of the Kentucky Oaks. Since beginning her career in 2005, she has regularly been ranked ...more

Gary Stevens is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Chris Antley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Joel Rosario is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Joel Rosario Joel Rosario is a Dominican jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. In the space of five weeks in 2013 he rode the winners of the Dubai World Cup and the Kentucky Derby.

Chris McCarron is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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, ...more

Gary L. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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. ...more

Edgar Prado is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Frankie Dettori is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Steve Cauthen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Steve Cauthen is an American jockey who is now retired.

Christophe Soumillon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Christophe Soumillon Christophe Soumillon is a Belgian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.

Lester Piggott is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Lester Keith Piggott is a retired English professional jockey, popularly known as "The Long Fellow". With 4,493 career wins, including nine Epsom Derby victories, he is widely regarded ...more

Laffit Pincay, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Laffit Alejandro Pincay, Jr. was flat racing's all-time winningest jockey, still holding second place many years after his retirement. He competed primarily in the United States.

Walter Swinburn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Walter Swinburn Walter R. Swinburn is a retired flat racing jockey and trainer who competed in Great Britain and Ireland as well as internationally.

Fred Archer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Fred Archer Frederick James "Fred" Archer, also known by the nickname The Tin Man, was an English flat race jockey of the Victorian era, described as "the best all-round jockey that the turf ...more

Michael Kinane is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Michael Kinane Michael J. Kinane is an Irish former flat racing jockey. He had a 34-year career, retiring on 8 December 2009. His father, Tommy Kinane, was a leading National Hunt jockey who won the Champion ...more

Kieren Fallon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Kieren Francis Fallon is an Irish professional flat racing jockey and has been British Champion Jockey six times. He is widely considered the greatest flat jockey of his generation and one of ...more

Walter Blum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Walter Blum Walter Blum is a retired Hall of Fame jockey.

Richard Fox is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Richard Fox Richard Daniel Stuart Fox was an Irish-born British jockey and actor. Fox was born on 6 March 1954, in Cork, Ireland. He began apprenticeship to Irish horse trainer Seamus McGrath when he was 14 ...more

Yves Saint-Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Yves Saint-Martin Yves Saint-Martin is a retired champion jockey in French Thoroughbred horse racing. He is widely considered one of the greatest riders in French racing history. Saint-Martin won his first race ...more

Eugene James is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Billy Pearson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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 ...more

Olivier Peslier is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Olivier Peslier Olivier Peslier is a thoroughbred horse racing jockey. Peslier competes in flat racing mainly in France but travels often around the world for the big international races.

Cash Asmussen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
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, ...more

Pat Eddery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Patrick James John "Pat" Eddery is a former flat racing jockey. Pat's father Jimmy Eddery was a jockey, as is his brother Paul Eddery.

Joe Mercer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Joe Mercer Joseph Mercer is a retired English Thoroughbred race horse jockey. He was active as a jockey from 1947 to 1985 and rode a total of 2,810 winners in Britain, a figure exceeded only by Sir Gordon ...more

John Adams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
John H. Adams was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1965. Born in Carlisle, Arkansas, John Adams was nicknamed ...more

Jorge Velásquez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Jorge Velásquez is a thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey. Jorge Velasquez career in thoroughbred racing began in his native Panama but as a teenager moved to the United States. ...more

Dick Francis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Richard Stanley "Dick" Francis CBE FRSL was a British steeplechase jockey and crime writer, whose novels centre on horse racing in England. After wartime service in the RAF, Francis ...more

Kenne Duncan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Kenne Duncan was a Canadian-born B-movie character actor. Hyped professionally as "The Meanest Man in the Movies," the vast majority of his over 250 appearances on camera were ...more

Pete Bostwick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
George Herbert "Pete" Bostwick was an American court tennis player, a steeplechase jockey and horse trainer, and an eight-goal polo player.

Earl Sande is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Earl Harold Sande was an American Hall of Fame jockey and thoroughbred horse trainer. Born in Groton, South Dakota, Earl Sande started out as a bronco buster in the early 1900s but then became a ...more

Steve Asmussen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
Steven Mark Asmussen is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. Born into a horse racing family, his parents, Keith and Marilyn "Sis" Asmussen, are both trainers who operate El ...more

John J. Tammaro, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Jockeys
John J. Tammaro, Jr. was an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.