Today in Jockey History

Events in Sport

  • 1734-05-20 1st Jockey Club forms in South Carolina
  • 1804-08-25 Alicia Thornton becomes first female jockey in England riding at Knavesmire in Yorkshire
  • 1895-11-02 Belmont Stakes: Fred Taral aboard Preakness winner Belmar wins in 2:11½; race run in November as NY Jockey Club closed out its affairs
  • 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
  • 1932-01-14 Racing Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Arcaro wins his 1st race
  • 1936-05-08 Jockey Ralph Neves unexpectedly revived after being declared dead after a fall. His wife faints when he returned to track
  • 1941-10-19 1st woman jockey in North America, Anna Lee Wiley in Mexico
  • 1942-10-03 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway, ridden by George Woolf wins the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park to become the first thoroughbred to amass more than $500,000 in lifetime earnings
  • 1948-05-01 74th Kentucky Derby: Eddie Arcaro wins aboard Citation to become first 4-time Derby winning jockey
  • 1949-04-20 Jockey Bill Shoemaker wins his 1st race, in Albany, California
  • 1950-12-31 Jockeys Bill 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
  • 1956-09-03 American Johnny Longden becomes thoroughbred racing's winningest rider, breaking the record of 4,870 wins by British jockey Sir Gordon Richards; rides Arrogate to victory in the Del Mar Handicap
  • 1956-10-01 American jockey Johnny Heckmann becomes first to ride 7 winners at Hawthorne Race Course at Stickney/Cicero near Chicago, Illinois

  • 1957-02-22 Jockey Ted Atkinson, 3,500th win
  • 1957-02-28 Jockey Johnny Longden's 5,000th career victory
  • 1958-02-20 American jockey Eddie Arcaro rides his 4,000th winner
  • 1958-12-31 Bill Shoemaker 1st jockey to win national riding championship 4X
  • 1962-04-03 American jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)
  • 1962-07-07 Bill Hartack becomes 8th jockey to win 3,000 American thoroughbred races
  • 1965-10-03 Dual Melbourne Cup winning Australian jockey Pat Glennon rides French colt Sea Bird to victory in the Prix de l'Arc De Triomphe to claim an impressive double after the thoroughbred's English Derby win
  • 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
  • 1969-03-01 Tuesdee Testa becomes the first female jockey to win a race at a major American Thoroughbred track when she takes out the 3rd race at Santa Anita Park aboard Buz On
  • 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 American jockey Bill Shoemaker passes Johnny Longden with his 6,033 career win
  • 1972-03-02 American jockey Willie Shoemaker wins his record 555th stakes race aboard Royal Owl in the San Jacinto Stakes at Santa Anita; Eddie Arcaro 554
  • 1973-03-01 Robyn Smith rides North Sea to victory in the Paumanok Handicap at Aqueduct Race Track in NYC to become the first American female jockey to win a stakes race
  • 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
  • 1981-08-30 Willie Shoemaker becomes the first jockey to win a $1 million thoroughbred horse race when John Henry takes the inaugural Arlington Million by a nose over The Bart
  • 1983-10-05 Panamanian jockey Jorge Velasquez wins his 5,000th career race, riding Banquet Scene to victory in the 4th race at Belmont Park
  • 1985-03-03 Bill Shoemaker becomes 1st jockey to win $100 million
  • 1985-06-05 Steve Cauthen wins aboard Slip Anchor at Epsom Downs to become the only jockey to win both the Kentucky Derby (1978) and The Derby
  • 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 American jockey Chris Antley becomes first rider to win 9 races in a day (4 at Aqueduct / 5 at The Meadowlands)
  • 1988-03-06 Julie Krone becomes winningest female jockey (1205 victories)
  • 1988-08-07 Future Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye wins his 4,000th career race aboard 2-year-old filly Fawn and Hahn in the 4th race at Del Mar
  • 1989-02-08 American jockey Chris Antley begins record 64-day consecutive winning streak; ends 1 May and includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • 1989-05-01 American jockey Chris Antley's record 64-day consecutive winning streak ends when he fails with 5 mounts at Aqueduct, NY; streak includes 147 winners from 486 mounts
  • 1989-07-02 American jockey Steve Cauthen wins Irish Derby on Old Vic to become the first rider in history to sweep the world's 4 major Derbies (Kentucky, Epsom, French, Irish)
  • 1989-08-03 Jorge Velásquez wins aboard Maddie Bumpo in the 3rd at Arlington International Racecourse to become only the 5th jockey in the world to ride 6,000 career winners
  • 1989-12-31 Jockey Kent Desormeaux sets record with 598 wins in a year
  • 1990-02-03 Jockey Bill Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race
  • 1991-03-01 37 year-old Pat Day becomes the 6th jockey in history whose mounts earned $100 million when he rides Wild Sierra to 2nd-place in the 1st race at Oaklawn Park, Arkansas
  • 1991-04-08 Jockey Bill Shoemaker paralyzed in a car accident
  • 1991-07-05 American jockey Ray Sibille wins his 3,000th career race, aboard Sporting Surf at Pleasanton, California
  • 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
  • 1997-11-03 American racing legend Willie Shoemaker retires from thoroughbred training with a 90 winners from 713 start record; rode record 8,833 winners as a jockey, before becoming a trainer in 1990
  • 2000-07-04 Canadian jockey Russell Baze scores his 7,000th career victory aboard This Is the Moment at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton, California
  • 2001-09-01 Jockey Tim Moccasin caps a streak of 14 consecutive victories, a North American record, at Marquis Downs in Saskatoon, Canada aboard Intricate Stitch in the 5th race
  • 2003-10-04 Jockey Jerry Bailey surpasses his own single season record for North American purse earnings ($19,271,814) set in 2002; wins aboard Sightseek in Beldame Stakes & Birdstone in Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park
  • 2005-06-04 Panamanian jockey Eddie Castro sets a North American record with 9 wins on the 13-race card at Calder Race Course in Miami, Florida
  • 2005-08-04 American Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day (52) announces his retirement from the saddle; $298m in career purses
  • 2006-12-01 Canadian jockey Russell Baze becomes North American horse racing's all-time win leader when Butterfly Belle wins 4th race at Bay Meadows, San Mateo, California; 9,531 victories passes record of Laffit Pincay Jr
  • 2008-02-01 Canadian jockey Russell Baze rides his 10,000th career winner aboard Two Step Cat in 3rd race at Golden Gate Fields, Albany, CA; prevails in a 3-horse photo finish
  • 2015-11-03 Melbourne Cup won by Prince of Penzance ridden by Michelle Payne; first female jockey to win the event
  • 2016-08-12 Italian jockey Frankie Dettori aboard Predilection rides his 3,000th British winner at Newmarket
  • 2017-11-07 Melbourne Cup: Joseph O’Brien at 24 is the youngest trainer to win with Rekindling jockeyed by Corey Brown
  • 2018-02-06 Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo equals world record number of victories for a jockey - 12,844 in Rio de Janeiro

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, American jockey (won 628 races), born in Clark County, Kentucky (d. 1896)
  • 1874-08-10 James (Tod) Sloan, jockey, created monkey crouch riding style
  • 1898-11-13 Earl Sande, American jockey (Hall of Famer), born in Groton, South Dakota (d. 1968)
  • 1904-05-05 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), born in Donnington Wood, Telford (d. 1986)
  • 1907-02-14 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Crown on Count Fleet), born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England (d. 2003)
  • 1911-06-13 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and husband to Rita Hayworth, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1960)
  • 1916-02-19 Eddie Arcaro, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)
  • 1916-06-17 Ted Atkinson, American jockey (US Champion 1944, 46), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2005)
  • 1920-01-07 Aubrey Brabazon, jockey/trainer
  • 1920-10-31 Dick Francis, British jockey and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), born in Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire, Wales (d. 2010)
  • 1920-12-27 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (youngest to ride winner of English Grand National on Battleship 1938), born on Long Island, New York (d. 2005)
  • 1931-08-19 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), born in Fabens, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 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), born in Wantage, Berkshire, England
  • 1937-04-10 Stan Mellor, British racehorse trainer and jockey
  • 1938-02-01 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), born in Panama (d. 2018)
  • 1938-06-14 Gustavo Ávila, Venezuelan jockey (Kentucky Derby/Preakness 1971), born in Caracas, Venezuela
  • 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 (d. 2017)
  • 1942-06-29 Larry Snyder, American jockey, born in Toledo, Ohio
  • 1942-11-08 Angel Cordero Jr, Puerto Rican Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1974, 76, 85), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 1942-11-16 Willie Carson, Scottish jockey, born in Stirling, Scotland
  • 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
  • 1946-12-28 Jorge Velásquez, Panamanian Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes 1981; 6,795 career wins), born in Chepo, Panama
  • 1946-12-29 Laffit Pincay Jr., Panamanian jockey (Ky Derby 1984, Belmont 1982-84, Swale), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1947-03-13 Tomas Hinojosa, jockey
  • 1947-03-19 Earlie Fires, jockey (Hialeah Park)
  • 1948-06-04 Bob Champion, English horse trainer and jockey, born in Sussex, England
  • 1949-11-21 Barbara Jo Rubin, American jockey, first women to win a race on a major US track, born in Highland, Illinois
  • 1951-09-21 Ed Delahoussaye, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (1982-83 Kentucky Derby), born in New Iberia, Louisiana
  • 1952-03-18 Pat Eddery, Irish jockey (won Epsom Derby 3x), born in Newbridge, County Kildare (d. 2015)
  • 1952-09-13 Ray Sibille, American jockey (Breeder's Cup Turf 1988), born in Sunset, Louisiana
  • 1952-12-13 John Francome, English jockey, born in Swindon, Wiltshire, England
  • 1953-10-13 Pat Day, American jockey, born in Brush, Colorado
  • 1954-05-17 Michael Roberts, jockey
  • 1956-08-22 Jeffrey Lloyd, South African jockey based in Australia, born in Durban, South Africa
  • 1957-06-22 Nick Santagata, jockey
  • 1957-08-22 Randy Romero, American jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89; Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame 2010), born in Erath, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1957-08-29 Jerry D. Bailey, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey/broadcaster (Kentucky Derby 1993, 1996), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1957-10-05 Larry Saumell, American jockey (d. 2011)
  • 1958-07-13 Joy Scott, American jockey, born in California
  • 1958-08-07 Russell Baze, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey (10-time US champion, 12,844 wins), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1959-03-25 Vince Guerra, American jockey, born in Tucson
  • 1959-07-02 Hoogie Drexler, jockey
  • 1961-05-01 Steven Cauthen, American Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1978-Affirmed, Epsom Derby 1985, 87; Ascot Gold Cup 1984, 87), born in Covington, Kentucky
  • 1961-08-07 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), born in Oxford, United Kingdom (d. 2016)
  • 1961-09-30 Jorge Ricardo, Brazilian jockey (Brazilian Champion jockey 1982-2006; highest tally winning rider in thoroughbred racing), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1962-04-17 Nancy Hogshead, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1984), 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, born in Belfast, United Kingdom
  • 1965-03-01 Stewart Elliott, Canadian jockey (2004 Kentucky Derby & Preakness on Smarty Jones), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • 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
  • 1965-08-10 Mike Smith, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (9 American Classics), born in Dexter, New Mexico
  • 1966-01-06 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (d. 2000)
  • 1966-10-06 Oscar Caballos, jockey
  • 1966-11-07 Calvin Borel, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 2007, 09, 10), born in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana
  • 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, Mexican actor (Los diez pasos), born in Mexico
  • 1970-02-27 Kent Desormeaux, American jockey, born in Maurice, Louisiana
  • 1970-12-15 Frankie Dettori, Italian jockey, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1971-03-22 Richard Castillo, jockey
  • 1972-01-01 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), born in Tucson, Arizona (d. 2016)
  • 1973-06-23 Mark Larsen, Danish gallop jockey
  • 1985-04-10 Eddie Castro, Panamanian jockey (record 9 wins in one race meeting 2005), born in Los Santos Province, Panama
  • 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, American jockey, 628 wins on 1,412 mounts (44.5%), dies at 35
  • 1960-05-12 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and husband to Rita Hayworth, dies from injuries sustained in a car accident at 48
  • 1968-08-20 Earl Sande, American jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • 1986-11-10 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), dies at 82
  • 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, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Triple Crown 1941 Whirlaway, 1948 Citation), dies of liver cancer at 81
  • 2000-12-02 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), dies of drug overdose at 34
  • 2003-02-14 Johnny Longden, Canadian Racing Hall of Fame jockey/trainer (1943 Triple Crown on Count Fleet), dies of a stroke at 96
  • 2003-10-12 Bill Shoemaker, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (8,833 career victories, Kentucky Derby 1955, 59, 65, 86), dies of natural causes at 72
  • 2005-05-05 Ted Atkinson, American jockey (US Champion 1944, 46), dies of a stroke at 88
  • 2005-11-22 Bruce Hobbs, American jockey (youngest to ride winner of English Grand National on Battleship 1938), dies at 84
  • 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 and detective writer (Whip Hand, High Stakes), dies at 89
  • 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
  • 2016-12-12 Walter Swinburn, English jockey (The Derby winner, 1981), dies after falling from a window at 55
  • 2016-12-14 Garrett K. Gomez, American jockey (US Champion Jockey by earnings 2006-09; Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey 2007-08), dies of drug overdose at 44
  • 2018-07-16 Manuel Ycaza, Panamanian jockey (Belmont Stakes 1964; Racing Hall of Fame), dies of pneumonia at 80
  • 2019-08-29 Randy Romero, American jockey (Breeder's Cup 1987-89; Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame 2010), dies from kidney and liver cancer at 61