The Most Famous Jockey of All Time: A Legendary Figure in Horse Racing

Choose the jockey you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Apr 9, 2024 08:12
Welcome to StrawPoll's ultimate ranking of the most famous jockeys of all time! We've gathered legends from the horse racing world, showcasing their incredible skills and unforgettable moments. Now it's your turn to be the judge and vote for your favorite or add a missing name to our star-studded list. Will it be the iconic Lester Piggott, the legendary Bill Shoemaker, or the unstoppable Frankie Dettori? Or perhaps you have an unsung hero in mind? Join the race, cast your vote, and help us crown the undisputed champion of the track. Saddle up and let the galloping begin!

Who Is the Most Famous Jockey of All Time?

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    Bill Shoemaker - considered by many to be the greatest jockey of all time, he won over 8,800 races in his career, including four Kentucky Derbies. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1958.
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    Eddie Arcaro
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    Eddie Arcaro - won five Kentucky Derbies and two Triple Crowns, and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1958. He is often considered one of the greatest jockeys in the history of horse racing.
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    Lester Piggott - one of the most successful jockeys in the history of British horse racing, he won over 4,000 races, including nine Epsom Derbies. He was inducted into the International Racing Hall of Fame in 1975.
    Lester Piggott in other rankings
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    Tony McCoy - the most successful jockey in the history of British horse racing, he won over 4,300 races in his career, including two Grand Nationals. He was awarded an OBE for his services to horse racing in 2010.
    Tony McCoy in other rankings
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    Pat Day
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    Pat Day - won over 8,800 races in his career, including three Kentucky Derbies, and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1991. He is regarded as one of the most successful jockeys in the history of American horse racing.
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    Julie Krone
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    Julie Krone - the most successful female jockey in the history of horse racing, she won over 3,700 races in her career, including the Belmont Stakes. She was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2000.
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    Frankie Dettori is one of the most successful jockeys in the history of British horse racing, he has won over 500 Group races and seven British Classics. He is known for his signature "flying dismount" after winning a race.
    Frankie Dettori in other rankings
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    George Woolf
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    George Woolf - won over 3,700 races in his career, including the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. He is best known for his partnership with the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1955.
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    Steve Cauthen - the youngest jockey ever to win the Triple Crown, he won over 2,700 races in his career, including the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1998.
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    Shoichi Matsumoto - considered one of the greatest jockeys in the history of Japanese horse racing, he won over 2,700 races in his career and was the leading jockey in Japan for 10 consecutive years. He was inducted into the Japan Racing Association Hall of Fame in 1997.

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Ranking factors for famous jockey

  1. Major race wins
    Winning big races like the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes can make a jockey more famous and respected.
  2. Dominance in a particular era
    Jockeys who were particularly dominant in a specific time period, like Steve Cauthen in the late 1970s, may be considered among the greatest.
  3. Longevity
    Jockeys who enjoyed lengthy and successful careers, such as Laffit Pincay Jr. who rode for over 40 years, may also be highly respected.
  4. Overall contribution to the sport
    Some jockeys are known for their impact beyond their riding ability, such as Eddie Arcaro, who was also a respected trainer, or Bill Shoemaker, who helped raise awareness for paraplegics.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous jockey of all time. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or Rider is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!

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More information on most famous jockey of all time

Jockeys have been an important part of horse racing for centuries, with their skill and expertise crucial to the success of any race. Over the years, there have been many great jockeys who have made a name for themselves in the sport. But who is the most famous jockey of all time? This is a question that has been debated by racing fans and experts alike. From legends like Bill Shoemaker and Eddie Arcaro to modern-day stars like Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore, there are many contenders for the title of the most famous jockey of all time. In this article, we'll explore the careers of some of these great jockeys and try to determine who truly deserves the title of the most famous jockey of all time.

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