Who’s the best jockey you’ve ever seen?

There have been so many great riders over the years, it’s difficult picking the all-time best jockey. Many of them rode in different eras, they all had their strengths and weaknesses, and they rode against different levels of competition.

For instance, although Russell Baze is the all-time winningest rider, many might not even put him on their all-time top five list because he’s ridden the majority of his career in Northern California, where the competition is not as keen as Southern California, New York, Kentucky, et al.

Some might choose Laffit Pincay, No. 2 in lifetime victories, because of his entraordinary strength. Still others might go with Bill Shoemaker, who many say had a clock in his head because of his uncanny ability to judge pace during a race.

Eddie Arcaro? Johnny Longden? Angel Cordero? Jerry Bailey? Pat Day?

All were outstanding jockeys during their time.

We had some fun here discussing the all-time best race callers a couple of months back, and I thought maybe we could do the same debating who was the best jockey of all time.

In my book, it’s Pincay. I never saw Shoemaker in his prime, so I’m going by what I saw and not what I’ve heard or read.

With the exception of Baze, we’ve left all active jockeys off our list. There’s no doubt current riders the likes of Rafael Bejarano, Garrett Gomez, Julien Leparoux and Joel Rosario could make this list after they’ve retired. But they’ve yet to stand the test of time, although Gomez has come the closest.

So how about it: Who’s the best jockey you’ve seen during your years watching the sport? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment supporting your vote, or let us know if we left your favorite off our list.


79 thoughts on “Who’s the best jockey you’ve ever seen?

  1. Laffit Pincay brought in a horse called Bolger’s Lead @ 16-1 for Darrell Vienna in the last race on October 8th 1994 to make me the only ticket with 6. How can I not make Laffit the best ever?

  2. In 2007 I had the pleasure of running into him at the Derby near Santa Anita and told him the story. He then said I owed him 10% or 50k and we laughed. There will never be a nicer man or better ambassador for the sport than Laffit! A true champion on and off the track.

  3. James: Eddie D. is one of my all-time favorite jocks. You knew when he was riding that, when he was on a horse that trailed the next-to-last horse by five lengths, that he was going to be flying in the stretch. Just a thrill to watch! Although he was best remembered for his come-from-behind victories, he was also very good on a front-runner as well. Just a top-notch, professional rider.

  4. Eddie Dellahousaye would ride these late finishers all the time. Sandbagging wayyyyy back until the home stretch.
    Sometimes he’d nip em at the wire, sometimes just missing.
    Nevertheless it was some horse racing so dramatic and exciting, it could make a grown man kagel.

  5. Yeah, and other jockeys who rode against Eddie D. still, to this day, remember the distinctive noise he’d make when he was charging in the stretch. I interviewed Trevor Denman about Eddie D. when I did a retirement piece on him and asked him for an Eddie D story. It went something like this:
    It was at Hollypark and Trevor was not calling the races. He was standing next to Julio Canani, who had a horse in the race being ridden by Eddie D. He got out of the gate terribly and trailed the entire field down the backside as he often did, and Trevor said Julio was just berating him … “Delahoussaye this, and Delahoussaye that!!! He’ll NEVER ride for me again. How do you get a license in Louisiana? I guess you just have to go to the 7-Eleven.” Then, around the turn, the horse began to pick it up and suddenly it wasn’t “Delahoussaye” anymore. Suddenly, it was, “C’mon Eddie. C’mon Eddie!!” Well, Eddie D. got up to win the race by a whisker and Trevor said Julio went running out of the press box yelling, “Greatest jockey I’ve ever seen!!!” I’m sure there were more than a few bettors who were ready to tear up a ticket early in a race when they’d bet Eddie D. Of course, more often than not they ended up standing in line to cash.

  6. You must be kidding, Bailey overrated??? He rode the biggest long shot in Breeders Cup History!!! Dominated SAR for years.

  7. Laffit and I’ve seen Braulio Baeza, Eddie Belmonte, Howard Blum. Steve Cauthen, A.Cordero, D. Mc Hargue,, Howard Grant, Bill Hartack, Eddie Maple, Alvaro Pineda, John Rotz, John Seller, Ron Turcotte, Milo Valenzuela, Jorge Velasquez, Jacinto Vasquez, Manuel Ycaza

  8. At the top of his game, in my opinion, all of the jockeys mentioned take a back seat to Patrick Valenzuela. The man has the genes (he’s from a family of riders), horses run for him and he had the nerves of a bank thief riding a race. It’s a shame that his demons got the best of him!! It is a testament to his abilities that he’s gotten about one hundred chances in the sport (how about going to ride for Ward and the Ramsey’s in Australia!!) and trainers still use him to this day.

  9. It is impossible to select one jockey as “THE BEST”, but there are several who simply MUST be considered!
    New Yorkers have their choices and Californians have theirs, but we Midwesterners can look in both directions, and in my opinion the riders who must be considered are: Shoemaker, Pincay, Day, Baeza, Arcaro, Cordero and McCarron. Shoe’s Derby win on Ferdinand was superb, and Day’s Breeders’ Cup wins with Wild Again and Cat Thief were outstanding! All the great ones have had big wins on horses that may not have been the best horse in the race, but the Shoe and Day stand out in my mind. Another jock not named on the ballot, Randy Romero, couldn’t lose at Arlington Park one summer, and for that brief period he was as good as anybody!

  10. My God do I love Laffit Pincay jr.
    The jockey who rode the second fastest Kentucky Derby of all time and who by many accounts carried more than a few across the finish line on his back.

    But in my humble opinion the BEST jockey to look through the bridle was Patrick Angel Valenzuela…

    Love him or hate him – on pure horse riding talent
    HE’S THE GUY…

  11. Good god!

    Shoemaker tops this list by a laughing margin.

    Nobody respectable who got into racing prior to 1990 would vote for anyone else.

  12. Anyone that lived racing in the 70′s cannot forget the SEETHING ANGER of the Pirate. Dude wanted to win, he walked the jocks room like Arnold in the Terminator, simple as that. As the man said “A gentleman on the ground – and absolute COSSACK on a horse”. Pete Rose, nor Brett Favre ever wanted to win as bad as Pincay. Time and time again I saw him nurse dead-bangtails with no life left – across the finish line. He was the greatest speed rider ever and he knew how to nurse a horse home, carrying many the last 1/4 mile. Anytime there was a nose-to-nose the pirate won the phone 90% of the time – you check it out. He intimidated other jockeys too. He was the strongest and he was the meanest (on a horse). Pinky learned from Shoe – he would be the first to say that. He realized Shoe was beating him at the finish because Willie was a saver – Pinky learned to save something for the last 100 yards -for the finish. The games jocks place (in their heads and ON others) are games nobody else will understand.

    Shoe used to stand by the hot box (97 pounds dripping wet) and eat ice cream cones and snickers bars as the boys went in and out – PINCAY IS CLASS ALL THE WAY. There is not one owner that ever had the pirate ride his horse, that did not get a 100% attempt to win, or place or show – he didn’t let up at the end – he knew a 2nd to some owner was a pay day they need – the grooms loved him too. Pincay rode the gyp trainers horse just like the big guys. I love shoe, I love hartack (maybe the most talent of all but more like a Milton Bradley head-case type). McCarron we can NEVER FORGIVEN for arrogantly ruining the JOCKS/ASSOC – and he knows it -and one name the boys left out is Julie Krone – the only women to rise to the top of a profession where women and men meet 1 on 1 – and she was stronger than most people realize – a nod to julie -another jock who always tried and had soft hands. All these guys (and Julie) had soft hands – and to hear Eddie D. Chirp his horse in the stretch in his cajun style was like listening to Jimmy Page play the guitar. Those were, the good old days – god bless them all – nobody at the track knows what it is like to ride a horse going 33 miles and hour in a pack of 10 riding a saddle that is little more than a pad and you have to decide THAT quick to go inside one or go outside two and things like that and I contend Pinky made the right decision more often than not and there was NO HOLE ON THE RAIL TO SMALL FOR HIM TO NOT TRY AND SQUEEZE THROUGH. When the autopys is done on Laffit Pincay Jr. (whose daddy was one helluva rider too) it will be discovered the man had BRASS BALLS.

  13. All you need to do is watch the 1976 Belmont to understand how great Angel Cordero Jr. was.

    Steve Crist paid him the ultimate compliment by saying he was one of the fundamentals of handicapping:

    “He is one of the fundamentals of handicapping; thoroughbred bettors consider speed, class, form, pace, weight, track condition, post position, appearance, weightand Cordero.”

  14. PAT DAY COULD GET A HORSE TO FINISH AFTER NURSING HIM ALONG,BETTER THAN ANYBODY I EVER SAW.HE WAS THE BEST AS FAR AS THE OWNER AND TRAINER WERE CONCERNED.HE NEVER SQUEEZED THE LEMON DRY AND HORSES WOULD RESPOND TO HIS HANDS.AS FAR AS THE BETTOR WAS CONCERNED ITS HARD TO LOOK PAST ANGEL CORDEROS DARING STYLE,HE MAY NOT HAVE BROUGHT YOU BACK MUCH HORSE FOR NEXT TIME OUT BUT HE RODE HARD ,ALL THE WAY,ALL THE TIME.
    MANNY YCAZA WAS A DARING RIDER BUT A GREAT RISK TAKER AND FEARLESS.
    MY VOTE IS FOR PAT DAY,I THINK THAT HE UNDERSTOOD THE ANIMALS LIMITATIONS BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE.

  15. Nice to see the old timers are out and leaving comments instead of the newbies babbling about the last year and half of watching Rachel Alexandra. :)

    Don Pierce in my opinion was underrated, and a guy I was never afraid of wagering a few bucks on. Also, Eddie D. and who can’t forget the East Coast – West Coast rivalry when Angel Cordero would come West to ride in a weekend feature race! Last but not least, Laffit Pincay, aka “Knuckles” in the pressbox as he was often referred to when he was involved in a photo finish.

  16. have seen most of the great ones…top 5 were Pincay,Cordero,Shoemaker,Eddie D. and Pat Day..you’d take any one of them on a horse, but the pirate had the swagger and the power and the skill that was a credit to his artistry..and of course what old timer could ever talk about horses without mentioning the great Dr. Fager..won the Vosburgh with 139lbs..the UN with 130 lbs (only turf)..beat Damascus twice without the rabbit Hedevar in the race..and probably will go down as the best miler in the history of the game…

  17. Yves Saint- Martin rode two Breeders Cup winners one at Hollywood Park and one at Santa Anita against the group of jockeys listed in most of your comments. But not one of those riders in your list of greats went to Europe to ride and win a major group or grade one winner, Yves Saint-Martin did, several times and with respect to all of those men listed, If your were to ask them who may have been the toughest jockey they every encountered, Yves Saint-Martin stands near the top of the list.

  18. Agree with Matt – Hawley was underrated – for a good 6-year span, they renamed Hawleywood Park after Hawley – he friggin owned the place like that.

  19. Howard Grant, Braulio Baeza, Steve Cauthen, A.Cordero, Bill Hartack, Milo Valenzuela, Perry Ouzts, Jacinto Vasquez, Bill Shoemaker, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Pat Day

  20. Shoemaker was in a class of his own, the new people have no idea what he did and what he accomplished as a jockey

  21. Arcaro gets my vote here, with Shoemaker second. I don’t think anyone could match Shoe’s ability to get a horse to relax. Arcaro gets the nod because he combined the strength of Pincay with Shoe’s sense of pace and daring.

    Anyone remember when Shoemaker stated that “Cougar II is a nice horse, but not a great horse”? Cougar’s owners responded by taking Shoemaker off of Cougar II and replacing him with Laffit. Shoe promptly defeated Laffit and Cougar while riding Kennedy Road. A few weeks later, Shoemaker was back on Cougar II, with Laffit picking up Kennedy Rd. In that race, Shoe/Cougar battled Laffit/Kennedy Rd through the stretch, with Cougar II and Shoe winning in a photo.

    Nice to see Donald Pierce listed as an underrated rider, and mention made of Howard Grant, who could ride with the best of them when he was able to make weight. And while I wouldn’t vote for Longden, “The Pumper” deserves to be on the list.

    Also agree that Hartack should have made the list, and I’d throw in George Woolf was well

  22. I believe that The Shoe was really in a class of his own. The guy had a clock in his head and no one I’ve seen ride unsderstood pace like Shoemaker. I think Lester Piggot and Fernado Toro should both be mentioned also as the greatest Turf riders ever.

  23. …to me the best jockey ever was Bill Shoemacker. These days we have a different story:there are two jockeys, one of them is Mike Smith and the other one is Ramon Dominguez…they are excellent riders….!!

  24. …what about today’s Jockeys.Don’t they deserve a special attention?. There are many excellent jockeys…to name a few: Garret Gomez, John Velasquez, Mike Smith, Ramon Dominguez, Javier Castellano, Rosemary Hoeister Jr,etc, etc……

  25. JERRY BAILEY 1 THEN ITS A GOOD TOSSUP BETWEEN MANY NAMES LIKE ARCARO, SHOEMAKER,BAEZA,CORDERO,JORGE VELASQUES, STEVE CATHEN, JACINTO VASQUEZ,LAFFIT PINCAY,EDDIE BELMONTE, PAT DAY DERREL MCHARGUE, THEY ALL WERE EXETIONALLY GIFTED AND WERE ABLE TO AQUIRE THE TOP HORSES FOR MANY YEARS ALSO THERE ARE MANY NAMES THAT I HAVE MISSED SUCH AS EDGAR PRADO AND MIKE SMITH GARRET GOMEZ PAT VALENZUELA MILO VALENZUELA GORGE WOOLF EARL SANDE AND THE LIST GOES ON,,,,,HOWEVER BAILEY STANDS OUT THE MOST FOR A PERIOD OF ABOUT 14 OR 15 YEARS HE WAS ABSOLUTLY FLAWLESS ALMOST RIDING TO PERFECTION ,,OR CRIUSE CONTROL SO TO SPEAK,,,IF YOU HAD A HORSE THAT WAS AT ALL LIVE AND IF NOT THE BEST IN THE RACE MAYBE SECOND THIRD OR FOURTH BEST HE WOULD ALWAYS BE IN THE PERFECT SPOT TO GET THE WIN AND THE BEST TRIP YOU COULD HAVE I AM NOT SAYING THIS AS A FAN OR A FORMER OWNER BUT AS AN ASTUTE OBSERVATION BEING A FORMER JOCKEY AND KNOWING WHAT IM WATCHING,,,,I DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE ANY OFF THIS LIST THERE ARE MANY THAT I MISSED AND SOME I DID NOT GET TO SEE AS OFTEN,,,THEY ARE THE GREATEST ATHLETES,

  26. BAILEY is the best I have ever seen,,,,from 1990 to the time of his retirement in 2006 he was what we call IN THE ZONE,,,He did not come to the jocks room to play cards or shoot pool He was there to RIDE PERIOD And always was prepared befor a race and during a race had that sixth sense that THE GREAT Riders have to instictivly know where to be,,,he gave any horse he rode the best possible chance to win every day and he was BLESSED Enough to have the choice of the VERY BEST HORSES,,,jockeys truly are great great athletes and there have been so many exeptionally talented riders eve some that never made it big,,,,,my list goes like this BAILEY 1,,,BEAZA 2,,Braulio was amazeing its too bad he had so much trouble with his weight,,,he had a clock in his head was very strong and focused had a beautiful seat and grat hands and could get more run out of his hands alone then any other rider ive ever seen,,,ANGEL CORDERO,,Truly was THE MEISTRO And the most colorfull pretty as a picture on a horse a Truly Great athlete how really knew what he was doing,,,ANGEL Was the most fun to watch ride,,hes number 3 on my list,,,4 CHRIS ANTLEY,,,The ANT MAN Was Scary Good at time and maybe the best natural athlete of any rider I have ever seen,,,and a good guy to ,,life can be hard sometimes. 5 Jorge Velasquez,,,another Masterful rider who often times was absolutly brilliant especially in rout races and grass races,,,SHOEMAKER 6 may have had a different style beceause of his size but SHOE Was a complete rider and like Bailey had a sixth seses and so cosistant and BLESSED To have a great agent and the best horses his entire career,,6 JACINTO VASQUEZ,,7 Better than people know as good as any that ever sat on a horse 6 I have neve seen but only film of ARCARO But from what ive seen he would have been great in any era,,,8 EDDIE BELMONTE Was also as good as any ive ever seen and never reached the higest level,,,the list goes on ,,,,,HARTACK, STEVENS, MCCARRON, EDDIE D.,,GARRET GOMEZ, MIKE SMITH Very stron rider and great human being as well,,,STEVE CAUTHEN, DERREL MCCHARGUE,GEORGE WOLF would have been great in any era,,,EDDIE MAPLE Was one of the best and strong and underated,,RENE DOUGLAS Was one of thebest I Have ever seen,,RON TURCOTTE Very strong,,,,im sorry if I LEFT OUT ANY NAMES THERE ARE MANY MORE AND ALSO GUYS NOBODY EVER REMEMBERED,,,GOD BLESS

  27. TRULY A MIRACLE OF GODS WONDERWORKING POWER,,,,AND GLORY TO GOD,,,FOR THE MIRACLE RECOVERY OF JOCKEY EIBAR COA,,,,THAT IS THE POWER OF PRAYER AGREEMENT,,,GOD STILL IN THE MIRACLE WORKING BUISSINESS,,,,GIVE CREDIT TO GOD ALLMIGHTY ,,,THE doctors may have done there job well but in a case like this it is a MUCH HIGHER POWER,,,,,EIBAR,,,GIVE GLORY TO GOD Not the doctors and make it known among your peers,,,,,,ITS TIME TO BELEIVE ,,I PRAY YOU ARE ONE DAY ABLE TO RIDE AGAIN,,,,Use this TESTIMONY TO HELP OTERS GOD BLESS

  28. William Shoemaker is the best jockey of all time…and it’s really not even close. Well, OK, Laffit Pincay Jr. was almost as good, and seriously rivals Shoemaker. Shoemaker, however, gets the nod for several reasons. He led the nation in races won 5 times. He led the nation in money won 10 times (no other rider has more than 7 such titles). And Shoemaker was so great that, much like Michael Jordan transcended basketball, he also transcended his sport and became a household name. I think Charlie Whittingham, John Nerud and Bud Delp, to name but a few great trainers, thought of Shoemaker as the best. When Bud Delp replaced Ron Franklin with Shoemaker, on Spectacacular Bid, he was asked why he chose a jockey from the west, instead of just going with someone on the east coast, and he said, “When you think of jockeys you think of Shoemaker.” Indeed.

  29. IM SORRY I LEFT LAFFIT PINCAY OFF MY LIST,,AS WELL AS PAT DAY,,,THEY WERE TRULY GREAT RIDERS,,,AND ALLTHOUGH I NEVER DID COMPETE AGAINST LAFFIT I LOVED WATCHING HIMRIDE ,,AND PAT DAY WAS A NATURAL,,,,I RODE BREIFLY IN NEW ORLEANS AND KENTUCKY BACKIN 1980 AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND RIDE WITH PAT,,,,BUT THE GREATEST TESTIMONY IS WHAT GOD DID TO PAT DAY THE MAN AND HOW GOD BLESSED HIS CAREER AS WELL AS PROTECTED HIM FROM SERIOUS INJURY AFTER JANUARY 1984,,,I LOVE THE STATUE IN THE CHURCHILL PADDOCK OF HIMLOOKING UP TO HEAVEN ,,,GOD BLESS PAT DAY AND THANK YOU FOR BEING AN INSPIRATION,,,,I KNOW THERE ARE STILL SOME NAMES I LEFT OUT,,,OO WELL

  30. I personally think Mike Smith is the best Jockey EVERRRRR and I think Mike and Chantall were the cutest couple ever.

    Yvette.M

  31. I WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR ,,MICHAEL BAZE,,,AND HIS FAMILY,,,SALVATION,,PEACE AND DELIVERANCE,,,,A GREAT KID ,,,,VERY SAD NEWS,,,,,,SOME HOW I PRAY THAT GOOD WILL COME OUT OF THIS TRAGIC CONFUSING SITUATION,,,ROMANS 8.28 ALL THINGS WORK FOR THE GOOD FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD AND ARE THE CALLED ACCORING TO HIS PURPOSE,,GOD SPEED MICHAEL BAZE

  32. LORD TAKE AWAY OUR PAIN,,,,TOO MANY GOOD PEOPLE ARE HURTING AND WE DONT EVEN KNOW IT,,TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE GOOD PEOPLE ARE DYING BEFORE THEIR TIME,,,I FEEL THE PAIN IN THIS MYSELF,,,I HAVE A YOUNG SON 21 YRS ALOT LIKE MICHAEL BAZE,,AND I SEE MY OWN SELF AT THE SAME AGE SAME PROFESSION,,,THANK GOD FOR THE RACETRACK CHAPLAINCY,,,AND THE GOOD PEOPLE WHO ARE INVOLVED AS WELL AS THE WINNRES FOUDATION IN CALIFORNIA,,IM FEELING PAIN OVER THIS KNOW AND NEED TO SHARE MY VIEWS,,AND ALLTHOUGH TO THOSE CLOSEST TO THIS GREAT KID AND TALENTED EXTREMLY TALENTED YOUNG RIDER WHILE THIS MAY NOT BE ANY CONSOLATION NOW,,,MY PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU,,AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN IN THE FUTURE USE THE BAD THINGS IN LIFE AND TURN IT TO GOOD,,,I LOVE THE SPORT OF HORSERACEING AND WE ALL LOOK FOR GOOD TO COME,,WE WILL ALL MISS YOU MICHAEL,,,SEE YOU AGAIN ONE DAY E.T.

  33. This is a very silly poll because it is hopelessly subjective. It is like picking the greatest dancer or singer of all time. What you can do is determine the highest winning percentages and the highest winning percentages in stakes races. Then, at least, you have made some advance toward objectivity.

  34. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO SEE A JOCKEY AS WELL AS A HORSE GET EVEN CLOSE TO THE PUBLICITY THAT OTHER ATHLETS ARE GETTING ,,ITS HARD TO BELEIVE THAT WITH ALL THE INFO TECH. AROUND THAT HORSERACEING COULD HAVE FALLEN SO FAR IN 50 YEARS FROM NUMBER ONE SPECTATOR SPORT TO NOT A MENTION EVEN ON NETWORKS THAT COVER THE TRIPLE CROWN AND BREEDERS CUP,,,I WISH THERE WAS MORE THAT COULD BE DONE TO PROMOTE THE RIDERS AND THE HORSES FOR THE GREAT ATHLETS THEY TRULY ARE,,,JOCKEYS ARE POUND FOR POUND THE MOST FLEXIBLE AND FAST TWITCH STRONG ATHLETES AROUND,,AND A GOOD HORSE AND GOOD RIDER IN PERFECT UNISON IS TRULY POETRY IN MOTION,,,GOD BLESS ET

  35. THE HALL OF FAME FOR JOCKS AGENTS,,,IF THERE EVER IS ONE MUST INCLUDE JOE FERRER,,,AND STEVE RUSHING,,AT THE TOP,,,,TRULY A HI STRESS HI TECH JOB,,,WITHOUT THEM THE CAREER OF A JOCKEY,,,CAN GO FROM THE HALL OF FAME TO NOBODY EVER HEARD OF,,,,,,GOD BLESS ET

  36. ADD,,,,To the list of great agents that set the stage and they were ahead of there time,,and made careers for some top riders over the years,,,guys like Vince Degregory,,,Tony Matos,,,,,Ron Anderson,,,Richard Depass,,,The Late Lenny Goodman,,,Harold Fats Wiseman,,,Harry Silbert,,,,Scott Mclellon,,,,I know I missed some names ,,,,My Freind Gill Greall,,deserves to be on the list a true gentleman,,,and lets not forget The Loveman Ronnie Ebanks,,,his style is a bit different but very effective,,truly a top agent and promoter,,Cory Moran,,has proven himself,,to be one of these many agents who without there expertise many top Jockeys would not be in the position that,,,they have,,been,,,,Let me add another name,,,now that Ithink about it Vic Galardi was a great jocks agent truly ahead of his time,,And what can you say about Angel Cordero,,he has a top rider and he is still the same Angel,,he alwayswas his own best agent,,,,Enjoy GOD BLESS ET

  37. ITS HARD TO BELEIVE THAT EDGAR PRADOS,,,,CAREER HAS SLUMPED THE WAY IT HAS IN THE LAST FEW YEARS,,,,EDGAR IS NOT ONLY A FIRST CLASS GELNTLEMAN,,,BUT AS GOOD OR BETTER RIDER THEN ANYONE WHO HAS HAD A LEG UPON A HORSE SINCE BAILY RETIRED,,,AGAIN,,,THE AGENT THE STABLES PLAY THE ROLE,,,WHEN JERRY BAILY RETIRED IN 2006,,I EXPECTED EDGAR TO TAKE THE MANTLE AS THE GO TO JOCKEY,,OHH WELL SO MUCH FOR PRESUMTION,,,NEVERTHELESS EDGAR IS A GREAT RIDER AND RANKS AT THE TOP OF THE LIST IN ANY ERA,,,GOD BLESS ET

  38. I JUST WANT TO SAY A SPECIAL PRAYER FOR MY FREIND LARRY SAUMELL WHO PASSED AWAY IN HIS SLEEP LAST NIGHT,,MY PRAYRS OF SALVATION COMFORT HEALING AND DELIVERANCE FOR ALL THOSE CLOSE TO LARRY AND HIS SON LAZARO,,,,LARRY WAS A TOP RIDER VERY UNDERRATED A CLASS PERSON A FREIND AND A BELEIVER,,,WE WILL MISS YOU BROTHER AND WILL SEE YOU IN THE LORDS TIME,,,GOD SPEED LARRY SAUMELL,,,FOR WHOEVER READS THIS GOD BLESS AND USE THE TIME WISELY REDEEM THE TIME,,,THANK GOD THAT YOU ARE BLESSED TO MAKE A LIVING IN THE SPORT OF KINGS AND GIVE GLORY TO GOD ALL THE GLORY,,,BROE ED

  39. Your all a bunch of idiots!! Lester Piggott, The Shoe, and Pincay are the three best ever Jockeys!!

    Bailey is an overrated snob; Smith does not belong in the great Jockeys discussion;

    John Francome and McCoy over the sticks!

  40. There are two athlets that come to my mind right now that have been given much,,,,and a large platform in there given profession,,,,and of coarse Tim Tebow is the most popular,,,,,When I think about this,,,I think of Pat Day,,,,his career his testimony,,,to me the most important thing you can do with a blessing and favor is to use it to help others,,,,The Sport of horseraceing and the World in general need a big boost right now,,,,here are two men that are doing the best with what they have been givin to share that hope,,,,thank you guys,,,,I Love JESUS and I love THE SPORT OF KINGS,,,And I just thought I would share that message,,,,,,GO DENVER BRONCOS

  41. THIS IS FOR YOU RENE DOUGLAS,,,,,I have been praying for you for I Believe That this year 2012,,,you are going to walk again,,,,I have always believed that would,,,as soon as I heard the news of May 23 2009,,,,I Hve Prayed and Believe,,,,Dont figure it out ONLY BELIEVE Buddy,,,,,GOD LESS YOU Rene,,,,ET

  42. The 5 greatest Kentucky Derby rides ,,,over the years where you can say the Jock nade all the difference and the ride that day stands out,,,,Number 1 on my list 1974 Cannonade Angel Cordero,,,,Absolutly Brilliant in a field of 24 horses he found every opening without any trouble in a race were the whole field was in trouble,,,A True Classic,,,2009 Mine That Bird Calvin Borel or I should say BOORAIL,,,Unbelievable Fearless and Devine 1986 Ferdinand Shoemakers final Derby win at age 54 was among the best ive ever seen and made all the difference that day,,,2003 Sea Hero Jerry Baileys ride was flawless and typical of what put him in the Hall Of Fame,,,there is a spot at Churchill where the horse or horses on the inside come out just a tad a good rider that knows the spot knows what to do it last a split second,,Baily did it that day,,,,,1996 Grindstone was onother horse that a perfect trip and raceing luck a perfectly timed ride by Bailey nade all the difference,,,,The Derby is a riders race no doubt,,you always want to have the best trip possible,,,,GOD BLESS BE SAFE ET

  43. The 5 greatest Kentucky Derby rides ,,,over the years where you can say the Jock nade all the difference and the ride that day stands out,,,,Number 1 on my list 1974 Cannonade Angel Cordero,,,,Absolutly Brilliant in a field of 24 horses he found every opening without any trouble in a race were the whole field was in trouble,,,A True Classic,,,2009 Mine That Bird Calvin Borel or I should say BOORAIL,,,Unbelievable Fearless and Devine 1986 Ferdinand Shoemakers final Derby win at age 54 was among the best ive ever seen and made all the difference that day,,,2003 Sea Hero Jerry Baileys ride was flawless and typical of what put him in the Hall Of Fame,,,there is a spot at Churchill where the horse or horses on the inside come out just a tad a good rider that knows the spot knows what to do it last a split second,,Baily did it that day,,,,,1996 Grindstone was onother horse that a perfect trip and raceing luck a perfectly timed ride by Bailey nade all the difference,,,,The Derby is a riders race no doubt,,you always want to have the best trip possible,,,,GOD BLESS BE SAFE ET

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  45. Lots of talk of good horses and stables opening up for local Southern California Jockey Colony with the Move Of Joel Rosario to New York this summer,,,,I Believe the two riders that will most benefit are Joey Talamo and Garret Gomez,,,,,The fact that both Rosario and Bejarano have led the standings at every meet is the power of Agents Joe Ferrer and Ronnie Ebanks,,,,that is the kind of clout that Jocks agents play in the game today,,,,The Ronnie and Joe Show,,,,,,I Believe if Tobey Mcguire retired from acting and decided to try Rideing for real and Joe Ferrer had his book he would be Leading Rider for sure,,,,On the East Coast I think Steve Rushing and Matt Muzikar could take Mickey Rooney and win the title,,,WHAT A GREAT GAME,,,,,THE MAILMAN DELIVERS,,,WITH ATHOURITY

  46. The fact that Jockey Mario Guittierez fresh off of winning the The first two legs of the Triple Crown,,,and being in a Prime Position to Move to the Upper Echelon of Jockeys,,,,with a vacancy in Southern California and Mario Guittierez in my estimation is as good as any rider I have seen rideing at this time,,,,,He has the Ability of a World Class Jockey,,,,,HOWEVER The fact that this talented popular polite young Jockey cannot get started after all that and in on his way back to Hastings is a SHAME And is a perfect example of The Power that Jockey AGENTS Have in this game,,,,,,If this Jockey had an Agent that was at all live he would allready be in the top 5 in California,,and be looking at a huge DelMar meet,,,along with many opportunities to ride top horses all over the country,,,,There are a handfull of agents working today,,Joe Ferrer ,,,,Ron Anderson ,,,Tony Matos that would have this Jockey in line for THE ECLIPSE Award,,,,but instead he is headed back to Tiny Unknown Hastings park and it seems the fairytale is over,,,,,,Come on Agents ,,,Cory Moran Where you at?

  47. WOW That Joel Rosario,,,the more and more you watch him ride,,I would have to say he is as good a rider,,,Strong finisher as anyone I have seen in a long time,,,,Reminds me of Pincay in his prime,,,and has a lot of Garret Gomez in his rideing style,,,,But to me he its like Watching Jorge Velasquez at the peak of his career in the 1970s,,,,For us Ex Riders,,,Jorge Always use to Say Looooking Goood,,,,Well Rosarion is fun to watch,,,,has a bright future

  48. If I think now or over the past 40yrs if I had to pick out two Jockeys for two horses and and in the most important race to win,,,and had only one shot,,,I would have to pick Jerry Bailey and Jacinto Vasquez,,,,The two bbest big race money riders ever in my oppinion

  49. THE MOVE OF JOCKEY JOEL ROSARIO,,,,,,FROM AGENT RON EBANKS TO RON ANDERSON,,,,,IF THIS WERE FOUR OR FIVE YEARS AGO,,,,IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SMART MOVE FOR STAYING ON THE EAST COAST,,,,,,,HOWEVER AT THIS TIME I BELIEVE IT WAS THE WRONG MOVE,,,,,IF IT IS NOT BROKEN WHY FIX IT?,,,,,ALSO EBANKS HAS BECOME ONE OF THE POWER AGENTS AND IS VERY POPULAR ON BOTH COASTS AND THE MIDWEST,,,,,,,TIME WILL TELL,,,,,BUT ANDERSON HAS A RIDER EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS ANY HE HAS HAD,,,,LETS SEE IF HE STILL HAS THE TOUCH,,,,,IT JUST SEEMS LIKE HE HAS LOST LOTS OF BUISSNESS IN THE LAST 3 YRS,,,,TIME WILL TELL,,,,THIS JOCKEY IS THE BEST YOUNG RIDER IN THE COUNTRY,,,ITS LIKE WATCHING JORGE VELASQUEZ AND LAFFIT PINCAY WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG

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