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Eddery, 11-time champion rider in Britain, dead at 63

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November 10th, 2015

Pat Eddery, a native of Ireland who won 11 jockey championships in Britain during an illustrious career, passed away Tuesday at the age of 63.

In a riding career that spanned the years 1968-2003, Eddery won 4,632 flat races in Britain, second only to Sir Gordon Richards' total of 4,870.

Eddery enjoyed tremendous success throughout Britain, Ireland, and France. He won 14 British classics, captured the Epsom Derby (G1) three times and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) four times.

Eddery was a prominent participant in the early years of the Breeders' Cup. Although he endured disappointment with highly-regarded horses like Dancing Brave, Milligram, Trempolino, and Warning, he also scored memorable wins aboard Pebbles in the 1985 Turf (G1) and Sheikh Albadou in the 1991 Sprint (G1). His first major U.S. win came aboard Tolomeo, who upset John Henry in the 1983 Arlington Million (G1).

Upon his retirement from the saddle Eddery took up training, with his biggest success coming with Hearts of Fire in the 2009 Gran Criterium (G1) in Italy. Eddery is survived by three children.

Below is a sample of Eddery's most memorable rides, in Europe and the U.S.:

1975 -- Eddery rides Grundy to victory over Bustino in the "Race of the Century," the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (G1) at Ascot

1983 -- Eddery guides three-year-old Tolomeo to an upset over Hall of Famer John Henry in the third Arlington Million

1985 -- Eddery skims the rail to victory aboard Pebbles in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Aqueduct

1986 -- Dancing Brave turns in an authoritative, come-from-behind win in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp

1991 -- Sheikh Albadou shocks the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs in the colt's dirt debut

(Photo courtesy of Sportinglife.com)

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