Horse races are some of the oldest sports competitions in history. The earliest records come from Ancient Egypt where the greatest jockeys back then would race each other for fame and money. The trend later reached the whole European continent and soon the horse jockeys were considered local and national super starts. The history of this sport continues even nowadays, and the greatest jockeys are definitely recognized. It takes a lot of hard work and practice to reach that skill level and you have to take into consideration that it is not only about you. A good jockey has a good relationship with the horse, and an excellent one is almost the same person with the four-legged partner. There were many great jockeys throughout the history. We have listed some of the world greatest ones in order to show you a bit more about this amazing world.
He is one of the most prolific jockeys of all times. Born in 1958 in the United States, he has an amazing race history. Baze managed to win more than 7000 races but never managed to bring back home the Triple Crown trophy, the most prestigious prize in this area. He is extremely respected and definitely one of the richest jockeys in the world. His earning almost reach 200 million dollars and he is well-known for being quite humble and participating in all the races, no matter how hard or difficult they are. Baze is definitely a very good example for the young generation and we will definitely see him racing in the next years.
Javier was born in 1977 in Venezuela. He is one of the youngest in our list and he definitely managed to impress us in his short racing career. He has more than 400 wins and his overall earnings exceed 200 million dollars. He is very respected, and the world expects him to write history in the years to come. He had his major breakthroughs in 2004 and he hasn’t stopped ever since.
Another one of the greatest jockeys from the UK. He was born in 1935 and his 5’8’’ height brought him the name “Long Fellow”. Even though he was much taller than any other jockey back in the day and was considered by many unsuitable for this, he managed to have more than 4000 wins in his career. He also won many European championships and because of this he will always be in the British horse race history.
Shoemaker is considered by many charts to be the greatest jockey of all times. Born in the United States, he won his first race at the age of 18 and he only stopped winning 41 years later when he retired to be a trainer. He died in 2003 but he is still considered one of the best with more than 8000 wins. He is a true example of a talented, hard-working and humble jockey.