Top Horse Jockeys of All Time
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Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:51

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1- Bill Shoemaker

 

Bill Shoemaker is undoubtedly one of the greatest horse jockeys of all time. He claimed his first victory as a jockey in 1949 when he was only 18 years old. Before retiring in 1990, he won an incredible 8,882 races, which included victories at the Belmont Stakes (five times), Kentucky Derby (four times), and the Preakness Stakes (two times).

Though he couldn’t win the American Triple Crown, the great jockey did manage to garner several racing awards, including the United States Champion Jockey by earnings 10 times and by wins five times. After retirement as a jockey, he returned to horse racing as a trainer and achieved modest success in that field too.

2- Laffit Pincay

Laffit Pincay Jr. carved out a big name for himself in the horse racing world. He won many prestigious races during his long career that spanned five decades. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1975.

Pincay rode the famous American racehorse Sham who was the main rival of Secretariat, the 1973 American Triple Crown winner. He also rode Swale who won him the 1984 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. In total, he claimed the Belmont Stakes three times and also won the 1986 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

3- Lester Piggott

Lester Piggott is considered as one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time. He was marked for greatness from the very beginning of his career with his first Epsom Derby victory coming at the age of 18. The great jockey claimed eight more Epsom Derby victories on eight different horses from 1957-1983.

Due to his height, he was nicknamed “The Long Fellow.” He won the 2000 Guineas five times, Epsom Oaks six times, St Leger Stakes eight times, and the 1000 Guineas two times. He started a new style of race-riding that was widely copied by a great many jockeys.

4- Eddie Arcaro

Eddie Arcaro was one of the most successful jockeys of all time. He held the distinction of being the only rider in history to win the American Triple Crown twice. He won the Kentucky Derby five times, the Preakness Stakes six times, and the Belmont Stakes six times as well.

His success story is all the more amazing because he grew up in an impoverished background. The great jockey was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 1958.