Famous Jockeys


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Many have called riding a throughbred racehorse the most dangerous sport of all.  Professional jockeys risk their lives with every mount they take.  The sheer willingness and ability to train hard to make light weights shows their dedication, and their bravery cannot be surpassed in sport.  The list below shows the jockeys who have risen to the top of their sport in North America.

Click on the name of the famous jockey below to read more about their records and achievements.

List of jockeys by lifetime earnings

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Victor Espinoza
1972, Mexico
1990 - present
John Velazquez
1971, Puerto Rico
1990 - present
Kent Desormeaux
1970, Louisiana
1986 - present
Edgar Prado
1967, Peru
1986 - present
1965, New Mexico
1982 - present
Alex Solis
1964, Panama
1981 - present
Gary Stevens
1963, Idaho
1979 - present
Jerry Bailey
1957, Texas
1975 - 2006
Chris McCarron
1955, Massachussets
1974 - 2002
Pat Day
1953, Colorado
19** - 2005