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Ángel Cordero Jr.

Profession: Jockey

Why Famous: Won 7,057 thoroughbred horse races including the Kentucky Derby in 1974, 1976, 1985.

Inducted into the US Racing Hall of Fame.

Born: November 8, 1942
Birthplace: Santurce, Puerto Rico, USA
Age: 77 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Scorpio

Events in the Life of Ángel Cordero Jr.

  • 1960-06-15 Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 1st of over 7,000 horse races
  • 1974-05-04 100th Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins aboard Cannonade for first of 3 Derby victories
  • 1976-05-01 102nd Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr wins aboard Bold Forbes, the second of 3 Derby successes
  • 1976-06-05 108th Belmont: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., riding Bold Forbes wins his only Belmont classic
  • 1980-05-17 105th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Codex wins his first of 2 Pimlico classics
  • 1983-06-29 40 year old Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. wins his 5,000th race with a victory in the last race at Belmont; 4th jockey to achieve milestone
  • 1984-05-19 109th Preakness: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr., aboard Gate Dancer wins his second Pimlico classic
  • 1985-05-04 111th Kentucky Derby: Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr wins aboard Spend A Buck for his third Derby triumph
  • 1985-08-31 Ángel Cordero Jr. becomes 3rd jockey to ride horses earning over $100m
  • 1987-07-28 Ángel Cordero Jr becomes 4th jockey to win 6,000 races
  • 1991-10-17 Ángel Cordero Jr. is 3rd jockey to win 7,000 horse races
  • 1992-05-07 Champion Puerto Rican jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. retires after winning 7,057 thoroughbred horse races

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