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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 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....  more
  • 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 (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
  • 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
  • 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 the Eclipse Award for...  more
  • 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....  more
  • 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 Good...  more
  • 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. ...  more
  • 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 Hall of...  more
  • 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 big...  more
  • 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 (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, within...  more
  • 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 races...  more
  • 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

    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 was regularly...  more
  • 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 a...  more
  • 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

    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 Dubai...  more
  • 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 16.5 years old...  more
  • 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 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 him...  more
  • 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 ridden the winners...  more