Today in Jockey History

Events in Sport

  • 1734-05-20 1st Jockey Club forms in SC
  • 1804-08-25 Alice Meynell becomes 1st woman jockey riding in York, England
  • 1918-02-26 Stands at Hong Kong Jockey Club collapse & burn, killing 604
  • 1930-10-18 Joseph Sylvester becomes 1st jockey to win 7 races in 1 day
  • 1936-05-08 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife fainted when he returned to track
  • 1941-10-19 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • 1949-04-20 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • 1950-12-31 Jockeys W Shoemaker & Joe Culmone set record of 388 wins in a year
  • 1952-05-15 Johnny Longden becomes 2nd jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • 1954-08-10 Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins
  • 1955-11-12 E Arcaro, E Sande & G Woolf 1st inductees in Jockey hall of fame
  • 1957-02-22 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • 1957-02-28 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
  • 1958-02-20 Jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • 1958-12-31 Willie Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X
  • 1962-04-03 Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)
  • 1962-07-07 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 horse races
  • 1966-03-12 Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)
  • 1969-01-28 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win in North America
  • 1969-02-07 Diane Crump becomes 1st woman jockey at a major US racetrack (Hialeah)
  • 1969-02-11 Diana Crump becomes 1st US woman jockey to ride against men, Hialelah
  • 1969-02-22 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st female jockey to win at a major US track
  • 1969-03-14 Barbara Jo Rubin becomes 1st woman jockey to win at Aqueduct
  • 1970-05-02 1st woman jockey at Kentucky Derby (Diane Crump)
  • 1970-06-07 Jockey Willie Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 win
  • 1973-03-01 Robyn Smith becomes 1st female jockey to win a major race in the US - Aqueduct's Paumonok Handicap
  • 1973-07-27 Walter Blum becomes 6th jockey to ride 4,000 winners
  • 1973-12-15 Sandy Hawley becomes 1st jockey to win 500 races in 1 year
  • 1976-03-14 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 7,000th race
  • 1981-04-24 Bill Shoemaker wins his 8,000th race, 2000 more than any other jockey
  • 1985-03-03 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • 1985-06-23 Laffit Pincay Jr becomes 2nd jockey to win $100 million
  • 1985-08-31 Angel Cordero becomes 3rd jockey to ride horses earning over $100 M
  • 1987-07-28 Angel Cordero Jr becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races
  • 1987-10-31 1st jockey to win 9 races in 1 day (Chris Antley at Belmont)
  • 1988-03-06 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • 1989-02-08 Jockey Chris Antley begins record of 64 consecutive winning days
  • 1989-05-01 Jockey Chris Antley ends record of 64 consecutive winning days
  • 1989-08-03 5th jockey to win 6,000 races (Jorge Valesquez)
  • 1989-12-31 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year
  • 1990-02-03 Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • 1991-04-08 Jockey, Bill Shoemaker, paralyzed in a car accident
  • 1991-10-17 Angel Cordero is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
  • 1992-05-07 Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1853-02-18 August Belmont Jr, breeder (Man 'O War)/founder (NY Jockey Club)
  • 1857-01-11 Fred[erick J] Archer, English jockey (won 5 Derbys)
  • 1861-04-16 Isaac Murphy, US jockey (won 628 races)
  • 1874-08-10 James (Tod) Sloan, jockey, created monkey crouch riding style
  • 1898-11-13 Earl Sande, jockey (Hall of Famer)
  • 1904-05-05 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races)
  • 1907-02-14 Johnny Longden, jockey/trainer (1958 Racing Hall of Fame)
  • 1916-02-19 Eddie Arcaro, jockey (1958 Racing Hall of Fame, 2 triple crowns)
  • 1920-01-07 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer
  • 1920-10-31 Dick Francis, Wales, jockey/detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes)
  • 1920-12-27 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (d. 2005)
  • 1931-08-19 Willie Shoemaker, jockey (won 8,833 of 40,350 starts)
  • 1934-08-25 Eddie Ilarde, Filipino disk jockey, television host and Senator, born in Iriga, Philippines
  • 1935-11-05 Lester Piggott, British jockey (11 time champ)
  • 1937-04-10 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer/jockey
  • 1940-03-26 Braulio Baeza, jockey (National Horse Racing Hall of Famer)
  • 1940-12-27 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • 1941-03-20 Carlos Lopez snr, American jockey
  • 1941-07-22 Ron Turcotte, Canadian jockey
  • 1941-09-16 Tommy Carberry, Irish jockey
  • 1942-05-08 Angel Cordero Jr, Santurce PR, jockey (Seattle Slew) [or Nov 8]
  • 1942-06-29 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1942-11-08 Angel Cordero Jr, jockey (won over 6,000 races) [or May 8]
  • 1942-11-16 Willie Carson, Scottish jockey
  • 1943-05-10 Bruce Raymond, British jockey, born in Hatfield
  • 1944-08-14 Robyn Smith Astaire [Melody Dawn Miller], American jockey, wife of Fred Astaire, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1946-12-29 Laffit Pincay Jr, jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale)
  • 1947-03-13 Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
  • 1947-03-19 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)
  • 1948-06-04 Bob Champion, horse trainer/jockey
  • 1948-12-28 Jorge Velasquez, jockey (Kentucky Derby-1981, Preakness-1981)
  • 1950-06-30 Pablo Castillo, jockey
  • 1951-06-26 Breyson Cooper, jockey
  • 1952-03-18 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), born in Newbridge, County Kildare (d. 2015)
  • 1952-12-13 John Francome, English jockey
  • 1953-10-13 Pat Day, American jockey
  • 1954-05-17 Michael Roberts, jockey
  • 1956-08-22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban
  • 1956-10-07 Julio Pezua, Pervian-American jockey
  • 1957-06-22 Nick Santagata, jockey
  • 1957-08-22 Randy Romero, jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89), born in Garden City, New York
  • 1957-08-29 Jerry D. Bailey, American racing jockey
  • 1957-10-05 Larry Saumell, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • 1958-07-13 Joy Scott, American jockey, born in California
  • 1959-03-25 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • 1959-07-02 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • 1960-08-24 David Guillory, jockey
  • 1961-05-01 Steven Cauthen, jockey (1978 Kentucky Derby-Affirmed)
  • 1961-08-07 Walter Swimburn, Irish jockey (Derby 1981)
  • 1962-04-17 Nancy Hogshead, swimmer (Olympic gold 1984)/model (jockey), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1962-06-19 Ken Tohill, American jockey, born in Pleasanton, California
  • 1963-03-15 Don Simington, American jockey, born in Tomahawk, Wisconsin
  • 1963-05-26 Eddie Martin Jr, jockey
  • 1963-07-08 Pablo Magallon, jockey
  • 1963-07-24 Julie Krone, Benton Harbor Mich, jockey (1st female to win Belmont-93)
  • 1964-03-14 Richard Migliore, jockey
  • 1964-03-17 Ron Warren Jr, jockey (Bay Meadows)
  • 1964-03-25 Alex Solls, American jockey, born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1964-07-02 Shannon Ritter, jockey
  • 1964-07-10 Felipe Martinez, jockey
  • 1965-01-18 Richard Dunwoody, British(?) jockey)
  • 1965-03-01 Stewart Elliott, Canadian jockey
  • 1965-07-06 Tim Camargo, American jockey, born in Kennewick, Washington
  • 1965-07-14 Reina Olea, female jockey
  • 1965-08-10 Mike E. Smith, American jockey
  • 1966-10-06 Oscar Caballos, jockey
  • 1967-05-25 Danny Gonzales, jockey
  • 1967-05-27 Chin Yang, Laos-born American jockey
  • 1967-08-22 Curt Bourque, American jockey, born in Erath, Louisiana
  • 1969-03-15 Yutaka Take, Japanese jockey
  • 1969-06-18 Fernando Valenzula, jockey
  • 1969-08-20 Francisco Torres, jockey
  • 1970-02-27 Kent Desormeaux, American jockey
  • 1970-12-15 Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey
  • 1971-03-22 Richard Castillo, jockey
  • 1973-06-23 Mark Larsen, Danish gallop jockey
  • 1987-12-18 Fernando Jara, Panamanian-American jockey
  • 1992-08-11 Jose Ortiz Jr., Puerto Rican jockey (Belmont Stakes 2016), born in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico

Deaths in Sport

  • 1886-11-08 Frederick J "Fred" Archer, English jockey, commits suicide at 29
  • 1896-02-12 Isaac Murphy, jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • 1968-08-20 Earl Sande, US jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • 1988-10-13 Mike Venezia, jockey, dies in 5th-race fall at Belmont Race Track, NY
  • 1991-02-15 Gary Gears, Chicago disk jockey, dies at 46 of a heart attack
  • 1991-06-08 Mary Bacon, jockey, dying of cancer, commits suicide by gun at 43
  • 1996-09-30 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer, dies at 76
  • 1997-11-14 Eddie Arcaro, jockey (won 2 Triple Crowns), dies at 81
  • 2003-02-14 Johnny Longden, English jockey (b. 1907)
  • 2003-10-12 Willie Shoemaker, American jockey (b. 1931)
  • 2005-11-22 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (b. 1920)
  • 2006-12-21 Scobie Breasley, Australian jockey (b. 1914)
  • 2008-01-08 George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • 2010-02-14 Dick Francis, British jockey-turned-novelist (b. 1920)
  • 2011-05-10 Michael Baze, American horse racing jockey (b. 1987)
  • 2015-11-10 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), dies at 63