Dettori on race to keep up with today’s jockeys as he approaches 50 (2024)

Frankie Dettori dances down a short flight of stairs in the Queen’s Stand at Epsom and darts to his right, past the weighing scales at the door. It is Monday afternoon and the racecourse is deserted but even though Dettori has to keep an appointment with the Queen in Newmarket later on he is keen to make a quick diversion before he leaves.

Dettori is looking dapper, as always, in a blue three-piece suit. He says he has an Italian friend who is a tailor in New York. He does all his suits. Without breaking his stride he lifts up the collar to reveal a set of letters on its inside. ‘Frankie’ it says in red capitals.

His brain whirs as he walks. He wonders whether it would be acceptable to hand the Queen a packet of Polo mints to feed Enable, the double Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner, at John Gosden’s yard when she arrives. No one knows the royal protocol for Polos.

Frankie Dettori got changed at the far end when he first started racing more than 30 years ago

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Frankie marches down a short corridor past an oil painting by Isaac Cullin of a scene before the Derby of 1883. A steward wearing a top hat, a starched white shirt with a winged collar and a long grey beard is surveying a jockey as he weighs out sitting in a sling.


He strides on until he gets to the doors of the weighing room. He pushes them open, flicks on a light and sits down in his spot.

He looks around the empty room. The bench on which he sits is arranged in three sides of a rectangle around a big wooden table. Thin, round pieces of lead lie on its surface where they were discarded after the previous meeting. An open copy of the Racing Post is spread-eagled next to them.

Frankie sits still for a moment, leans back against the wall and gazes around the room.

A decade later the jockey found himself in the seat closest to the door in the weighing room

He talks about the traditions of the weighing room. He points to the far side of the room and the peg where he got changed when he first started racing more than 30 years ago.

As he grew more experienced and other jockeys retired, his peg moved around the rectangle. More than a decade ago he found himself in the seat closest to the door, the next man out.

‘Sometimes I go racing now,’ he says, ‘and I only know three or four jockeys in the weighing room. All the others are so young. I’m sitting underneath the last peg, watching these kids, thinking: “S**t, this is it.” I’ve been next to that door since Pat Eddery retired 15 years ago. After that you’re out. I thought it would take me for ever to get to this peg but now I’m here, holding on for dear life.’

Dettori is 48 and as he sits surrounded by his memories he thinks about the fact that he is in the autumn of his career. He nods. ‘Twilight,’ he says. ‘It’s horrible. It’s funny because when I was young, I couldn’t wait to retire. I’d say I was going to retire at 40 and this and that but now I dread it.

‘I think being in here with the other jockeys is the thing I’d miss the most. It keeps you young. I’ll be there eating, chatting, in the sauna, with kids that are 18 or 20.

Dettori is everything you might expect him to be: irrepressible, articulate and charming

‘When you are in the weighing room, age doesn’t matter. Sure, I have to put my glasses on to read the Racing Post but mentally I’m doing the same stupid things the kids do, jokes and messing about.’

Dettori is many of the things you might expect him to be: irrepressible, articulate and charming. But there are surprises, too. For me, anyway.

I never quite trusted the image I saw on television, the laugh-along-with-Frankie entertainer on A Question of Sport nearly two decades ago, the cheeky chappy, the funny guy.

I thought that away from the cameras he would switch that smile on and off like the light in the weighing room. I thought what we were seeing was false. And I thought that by this stage in his career he would be cynical about racing, that he would say he could take it or leave it.

I thought the idea of retirement would barely register with him. I thought in his mind he had become an entertainer ahead of a jockey long ago.

‘My job is entertainment. From the minute I walk out of the house to the minute I walk back in'

Dettori listens to me articulate some of those thoughts. He shakes his head. ‘Completely wrong,’ he says. ‘I love the whole thing. I love the training, the worrying, the adrenaline, the winning, the losing, the whole package.

‘My job is entertainment. From the minute I walk out of the house to the minute I walk back in, I am speaking to people, making them feel good. It is part of what you do. You are an actor. And then the acting becomes easy because you have been doing it for so long. And even if you don’t have to act you are still doing it.

‘I had a few months away during the winter and when I came back I’m at a meeting and everyone’s shouting “Frankie, Frankie”.

‘That first week it was like some massive thing hit me right in the face. And then I realised: “I got to get back into acting again. Get back into being nice to everyone.”

‘When I started racing I had to be like that to get on in my career. You have to sell yourself. When you are a kid and no one knows who you are you have to sell yourself. That’s what you do. It’s partly my nature, too. I’m very Italian. Up and down.

The legendary jockey talks to the Mail on Sunday Chief Sports Writer Oliver Holt at Epsom

‘My character is more Mediterranean than English. My wife says I have the concentration span of a flea and I do.’

Sometimes in the past it has been easy to fall into the trap of viewing Dettori, who will ride the Aidan O’Brien-trained Fairyland in the 1,000 Guineas this afternoon, as a personality, not a sportsman.

Maybe that is because Dettori set the trap. It has made it easier to forget that he is one of the greatest jockeys there has ever been, the only active Flat jockey that can be mentioned in the same breath as Lester Piggott.

Dettori has won 17 English Classics including the Derby twice and the St Leger five times. And he has ridden 3,157 winners. In more than 200 years of racing history only Sir Gordon Richards, Eddery, Piggott and Willie Carson have ridden more.

Since a six-month suspension for testing positive for cocaine in 2012 that many thought would finish his career, he has fashioned an inspiring comeback largely through a partnership with Gosden that brought him, among other glories, those back-to-back triumphs on Enable in the Arc.

The retirement of Ruby Walsh last week was a reminder to cherish greats like Dettori while they are still racing.

Dettori has won 17 English Classics including the Derby twice and the St Leger five times

In fact, Dettori talks with rare candour. When he talks about his love for the sport and his partnership with Gosden, it does not feel like a performance. When he says that sometimes he drives to Gosden’s yard in Newmarket just so he can treat Enable to a packet of Polos or joke around with the stable lads he is not saying it for effect.

He is not afraid to admit his fears or his shortcomings. He does not pretend to be motivated now by riding at small meetings on Monday nights.

‘It doesn’t tickle me any more,’ he says. ‘I just don’t feel it. I have been doing it for so many years. If it’s a young kid and he’s got one ride, for him, it’s his Derby.

‘But I don’t want to be there. I have no interest whatsoever. It’s not because I lost the hunger. It’s because when you see me on a Saturday, I’m a different animal.’

It is also because of the accident that turned him into a happier man but a jockey who no longer cared so much about the call of history.

When Dettori climbs into the saddle on the ante-post favourite Too Darn Hot for the Investec Derby on June 1 it will mark an anniversary. It will be 19 years to the day since he cheated death in a light plane crash near Newmarket racecourse that claimed the life of the pilot, Patrick Mackey, and left Dettori with a broken ankle, cuts and bruises and a sense of deliverance that changed the course of his career.

Only four jockeys have ridden more winners than the Italian in more than 200 years of racing

‘For two years,’ he says, ‘I didn’t know, but apparently I wasn’t myself because of the trauma. It changed some things for the good, some things for the bad. The good thing was I started to enjoy life a bit more. But the bad thing was I could have been a lot better in my career.

‘My workrate prior to the plane crash was twice as much. Since then I took the foot off the gas a bit. The crash changed me a lot. What’s the point? If I rode 3,000 winners or 4,000 winners, who’s going to care?

‘That was because I’d seen life and death. The June 1, 2000 was when I had my crash and this year June 1 is the Derby. Nineteen years. So I better win it then.’

His career after the crash was not a steady trajectory. There were still years when he dedicated himself to the grind of the race for the jockeys’ championship. In 2004 he even outlasted the famously attritional and driven Kieren Fallon in an epic battle, although it is a defeat that he still cites as his abiding memory of that duel.

‘I’m 10 winners in front with two weeks left,’ says Dettori, ‘and we’re both exhausted. We’re riding two meetings a day and 10 races a day. I’m 10 in front but I have to keep 10 in front because he never stops. It was the end of October, I wanted to prepare for the Breeders Cup and there was a meeting the next day at Musselburgh.

‘So I called him and I said: “Listen, if you go, I have to go,” and he says: “Yeah, I’m f***ing going, yeah.” So my manager gets me three rides and I have to go. So I said to Kieren: “I’ll see you at Stansted on the 8am flight.”

‘I’m at the gate the next morning and I’m looking around and thinking: “Where is this f***er?” Then my phone rings and it’s Kieren. He says: “Well done for the championship. Bye.” He never turned up. I said: “You b*****d.” I had to go all the way to Scotland to ride three donkeys. I wanted to kill him. That was a good rivalry.’

That rivalry belongs to another era and Dettori laughs now at some of the inconveniences of middle age. He has pairs of glasses all around his house outside Newmarket that he shares with his wife and five kids.

‘There’s even a pair in the toilet,’ he says. ‘B*****d.’ His eldest son, Leo, 19, is a bartender in London living the life. ‘Gets in at 4 o’clock every morning,’ says Dettori fondly. ‘He’s a good boy.’

Nostalgia burns brightly in him as it does with so many sportsmen who can sense that they are in the final stages of their career. Three years ago he said he thought that he would ride for another five years and retire when he got to 50. ‘It seemed like a nice round number.’

He has changed his mind. Now he wants five more years.

‘I love it more than ever,’ he says. ‘I even enjoy getting up early in the morning to ride out. It’s funny: as you get older it’s easier to get up. I think it’s the fear of being late. When I was young I was late three times a week. Now it’s a phobia. I’ve got two alarm clocks in case one stops. You become responsible. I hate that word. You grow up.’

Ambition still burns brightly, he insists. He is still the jockey for the big occasion. He is looking forward to the 1,000 Guineas today.

He moved to the ride on Fairyland later in the week but earlier he was thinking he might be riding for O’Brien’s son Joseph, also a trainer. ‘I rode against him when he was a jockey,’ says Dettori. ‘It would be nice to ride for him, too.

‘I want to win all the big races again. My ambition is to get another good five years. In 19 months’ time I’ll be 50. That’s not far away.

‘I thought 50 was the magical age but f**k me, now 50 is around the corner. So I’m sure I can get another five years. I feel pretty good, yes. I used to ride 1,200 races a year. Now if I ride 250 or 300 it is a lot.

‘There are two reasons for that: first of all, all the big races are at the weekend. Second of all, the more you ride, the more chance you have got of getting injured.

‘The sport we do, you are going to fall sooner or later but you want to minimise the chance of getting hurt and that way hopefully will give me a little bit longer for my career. Because now when I fall, I break. The bones are harder. Bones crack. Do I think about my place in racing history? I’m up there with the big boys, aren’t I? When I started 32 years ago as a young Italian kid I didn’t even have a thought of getting that close. I was happy to be a middle-of-the-road jockey making a living but then everything just snowballed out of my control. It just happened.

‘I got addicted to it and I loved it and I carried on. But when I started I didn’t have great ambitions. I didn’t realise then I was this good. My dad was a champion jockey in Italy and when I was young that was too much to challenge. A bridge too far. Maybe I was frightened of that. Then it all just happened.

‘But that wasn’t my intention. I just wanted to make a living. Never mind winning the Derby, riding in it would have been an achievement.

‘Hopefully when I finish racing I’ll be able to do it on my own terms. You don’t want to stop with an injury. When I see I’m not as good as I used to be I’ll have to stop.

‘It would be insulting to myself watching myself deteriorate. One day I will have to face facts and stop but right now I don’t want to think about it.’

l The Investec Derby on Saturday, June 1 is part of the QIPCO British Champions Series investec.com/derby

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Is Frankie Dettori the best jockey? ›

Frankie Dettori is the man the bookies fear as he heads into the final Royal Ascot of his star-studded career next week. The superstar jockey is the most successful active jockey at the five day meeting, having ridden 77 winners and been crowned top jockey seven times, the last time in 2019.

How many races did Frankie Dettori win in one day? ›

Magnificent 7

There were no cheers from the bookmakers on September 28, 1996. That was the day Frankie did the impossible, winning all seven races on a Group 1 card, including the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes on Mark Of Esteem. The acca paid approximately 25,000/1 and catapulted Dettori to becoming a household name.

Is Dettori riding in the Derby? ›

Frankie Dettori will look to continue his remarkable farewell season when he rides Arrest in the Derby on Saturday. The 52-year-old, who is retiring this year, won both Group One races on Friday, including a seventh victory in the Oaks on Soul Sister.

What weight does a jockey have to be? ›

The word "jockey" originated from England and was used to describe the individual who rode horses in racing. They must be light, typically around a weight of 100-120 lb., and physically fit. They are typically self-employed and are paid a small fee from the horse trainer and a percentage of the horse's winnings.

Who is rated the best jockey in the world? ›

Current Jockeys Standings Top 100 G1 Races List
Current Jockeys Standings
*** as of 27 November 20221st = 12 points 2nd = 6 points and 3rd = 4 points, see rules for dead heats
Jockey1st Place(s)1st Place Points
James McDonald9108
Ryan L. Moore560
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Who is the best flat jockey in the world? ›

TRC Global Jockeys Rankings 11 June 2023 Subscribe
RankLast weekName
11James McDonald
22Irad Ortiz Jr
33Ryan Moore
44Flavien Prat
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Who is the biggest jockey to win? ›

The tallest jockey to ever win the Kentucky Derby was Johnny Sellers in 1961. Sellers was 5 feet, 7.25 inches tall! That may not seem like a giant for many professional sports, but it is a very tall jockey!

What jockey has the most wins in one day? ›

The most winners ridden in one day is nine by Chris Antley (USA) on 31 October 1987.

Who is the tallest jockey to win a race? ›

At 6ft 4in (1.93 metres), Jack Andrews is used to towering over his fellow jockeys, who tend to be at least a foot shorter than him.

Has Frankie Dettori ever won the Derby? ›

By the end of the 1994 season, he had ridden 233 British winners and won the first of his three jockey championships. His first British Classic success came in the 1994 Epsom Oaks on Godolphin filly Balanchine, trained by Saeed bin Suroor. Three weeks later the pair won the Irish Derby at The Curragh.

Which horse is Dettori riding? ›

Derby 2023: Frankie Dettori confirms horse he will ride in his last Epsom Classic. Frankie Dettori has confirmed the identity of the horse he will partner on his final ride in the Betfred Derby. The superstar jockey partnered Chester Vase winner Arrest in a crucial gallop around Epsom racecourse.

What horse is Frankie Dettori racing? ›

Dettori guided Soul Sister to victory in the Oaks on Friday after winning the Coronation Cup on Emily Upjohn earlier in the day to complete a dream Group 1 double on the day.

Who is the heaviest jockey? ›

Who is the heaviest jockey in the 2023 Kentucky Derby? The heaviest jockey in the 2023 Kentucky Derby is James Graham, who weighs 115 pounds and stands 5 feet 2 inches. He will be riding Confidence Game.

What do jockeys eat? ›

Most jockeys need to be careful with their diet in order to manage their weight. Ongoing food restriction may lower metabolic rate so should be avoided where possible. Jockeys should try to eat three meals per day with foods from each of the food groups; breads and cereals, fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy.

What is a female horse rider called? ›

horsewoman. a woman horseman. jockey. someone employed to ride horses in horse races.

Who is the greatest female jockey? ›

Julie Krone

She was born in Michigan in 1963 and made her debut at the age of 17 in Florida. She rode a winner at Tampa Bay Downs and launched a memorable career. Julie Krone has won 3,704 starts throughout her 23 year career; many consider her to be the greatest female jockey to ever grace the game.

Who is the best horse jockey right now? ›

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#NameStarts
1Irad Ortiz, Jr.345
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Dale Baird holds the record for the most national titles with fifteen. Second is Hirsch Jacobs who won more races during a year than any other American trainer on eleven occasions.

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Perhaps the most famous horse in racing history, the record-breaking Secretariat was foaled in 1970. Secretariat had a powerful stretch-running ability, giving him an edge over his competitor. It meant he could gain strength and speed as the race wore on.

Which flat jockey has ridden the most winners? ›

Records
  • Most titles - 26, Gordon Richards.
  • Most consecutive titles - 13, Nat Flatman (1840-1852), Fred Archer (1874-1886)
  • Most wins in a season - 269, Gordon Richards (1947)

Who is the greatest racehorse of all time? ›

1. Man o' War. Foaled in 1917 at Nursery Stud, in Kentucky, and bred by financier August Belmont Jr., Man o' War has received wide acclaim as the best racehorse of all time.

How much does a jockey get if his horse wins? ›

The normally jubilant person atop that winning horse doesn't make as much as you'd probably think. According to TwinSpires, the owner of the champion horse at the Kentucky Derby receives about $1.86 million, with about 10 percent of that going to the jockey.

How much does a jockey get for a winning ride? ›

The percentages a jockey receives for a Thoroughbred race range from 5% for a second- or third-place finish to 10% for first place. In less competitive races, the jockey's earnings can be as low as 0.50% for a third-place finish, 1% for placing second and perhaps 6%-10% for first place.

Has a jockey ever ridden the card? ›

Internationally, the most famous instances of 'riding the card' would include superstars Frankie Dettori and Joao Moreira. Dettori rode all seven winners at Ascot in September 1996.

How many horses can a jockey ride in one day? ›

A jockey contracts with the horse's owner or trainer and may ride as many as 10 horses in a single day. A jockey usually specializes in a specific type of racing, such as steeplechase, jump racing, or thoroughbred racing.

Who is the number one jockey in America? ›

Top 100 Leaders by North American Race Earnings.
#JockeyWins
1Irad Ortiz, Jr.325
2Flavien Prat236
3Joel Rosario185
4Tyler Gaffalione265
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Who is the oldest jockey to ride? ›

At 60-years-old, he was going to make his debut as the oldest jockey to ever ride in the storied race, surpassing Jon Court's ride aboard Long Range Toddy as a 58-year-old in 2019. Instead, an injury has moved Ken Tohill to the sidelines beneath the Twin Spires. Horse racing is not for the faint of heart.

Are most jockeys hispanic? ›

The most common ethnicity among jockeys is White, which makes up 72.8% of all jockeys. Comparatively, there are 8.9% of the Black or African American ethnicity and 7.5% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Who was the youngest jockey to win a horse race? ›

Clayton rode Azra to the winners circle at the Kentucky Derby in 1892, making him, at age fifteen, the youngest jockey to ever win the noted race. Clayton and Azra continued their winning ways, capturing the purse at the Clark Handicap and the Travers Stakes. Clayton went on to win many races through the 1890s.

What was the fastest horse to win the Derby? ›

Sign up for NBC San Diego newsletters. That would be horse racing legend Secretariat, who earned the three-race title in 1973 and holds the fastest combined time for each of the three races. Secretariat still holds the record for the fastest Kentucky Derby-winning time.

What jockey has the most Triple Crown wins? ›

He won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1941 on Whirlaway and again in 1948 on Citation. His other Kentucky Derby wins were Hoop Jr. (1945) and Hill Gail (1952). Arcaro also won the most triple crown races at 17 with the next highest total at only 11.

How old was the youngest jockey to win the Derby? ›

Long. Clayton rode Azra to the winners circle at the Kentucky Derby in 1892, making him, at age fifteen, the youngest jockey to ever win the noted race.

What is the biggest horse racing in England? ›

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Ronald Joseph Morel "Ronnie" Turcotte, CM ONB (born July 22, 1941) is a retired Canadian thoroughbred race horse jockey best known as the rider of Secretariat, winner of the U.S. Triple Crown in 1973.

Does the same jockey ride the same horse? ›

A jockey can always switch horses before the race if a better mount becomes available. Changing horses before a race is not unheard of but doesn't happen often. Jockeys and their agent don't want to spoil their reputation for one payday.

What is the most expensive horse racing? ›

Not only is this the highest prize money of any horse race, it also represents the largest payout in the history of horse racing. The Dubai World Cup is held at the iconic Meydan Racecourse, a magnificent venue that features a massive grandstand with seating for over 60,000 spectators.

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What breed is rich strike horse? ›

Rich Strike (foaled April 25, 2019) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse that won the 2022 Kentucky Derby, racing at 80–1 odds.

Who was the lightest jockey? ›

British Classic Race wins as jockey:

In 1795, he weighed only 4 stone 1 pound when he won a famous 500 guineas match race between the Duke of Queensberry's horse, Pecker, and Benington on the Beacon Course at Newmarket. On 18 May 1809, Goodisson lined up in the Derby on board Pope against nine other horses.

How tall is the limit to be a jockey? ›

There is no set height or weight requirement, but the majority of jockeys do not weigh more than 125 pounds, many even less, with height (usually around 5 feet tall) or proportionate to their weight.

Why are there no female horse jockeys? ›

In the present day, more than 90% of jockeys, in most racing nations, are men. This is likely an unconscious bias toward male jockeys being, on average, physically 'stronger', able to push horses harder, and thus performing better in races than female jockeys.

Why do jockeys lose their teeth? ›

Riders would lose their teeth due to the constant acidic bile, some even to the point of needing dentures. However he added that some of the basins had been removed since he quit riding professionally six years ago. New race tracks also tend not to install them.

What are jockeys not allowed to have? ›

The likely truth, say racing historians, is the sport's long history and traditionalist roots have created a culture where it is frowned upon for jockeys to sport beards or facial hair.

Why do jockeys drink champagne? ›

“In racing, the call of the bottle and the threat of the scale go hand in hand. Alcohol dehydrates, so it takes you to the bathroom more easily, and acts as a pain reliever,” Manuel Aubry, work-rider, told Rue 89. “A lot of white wine and champagne because it doesn't make you fat.

What do you call a horse without a rider? ›

Often called the lone charger, the horse has a saddle with no rider and a pair of boots set backwards in the stirrups.

What do you call a horse rider in one word? ›

A jockey is someone who rides a horse in a race.

What is a beginner horse rider called? ›

Novice: A rider who can mount and dismount unassisted, is capable of applying basic aids, is comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.

Who is the greatest British jockey of all time? ›

1. Sir Gordon Richards. Often considered the greatest jockey of all time, Gordon Richards rode 4,870 winners between 1921 and 1954, winning the flat jockeys' championship 26 times.

Who is the top jockey in the UK? ›

National Hunt Jockeys' Championship Betting

The Jump Jockeys Championship is decided on ridden winners in National Hunt races from May to the following April. Brian Hughes regained the accolade during the 2021/22 season, retained it in 2022/23, and the trend is expected to continue.

Who is the most successful British jockey? ›

In Britain, the most successful jockey ever was Sir Gordon Richards who, between 1921 and 1954, rode 4,870 winners.

Which jockey has ridden the most classic winners? ›

Lester Piggott's greatness transcended statistics, but he accumulated some of the most important records for a British jockey, notably the most wins in a career, the most British Classics (30) and the most Derbys (nine).

How much does a top jockey make a year? ›

The average salary for a jockey in the United States is $52,645. Jockey salaries typically range between $35,000 and $77,000 a year. The average hourly rate for jockeys is $25.31 per hour.

How much do jockeys get paid? ›

Riders also get performance-related pay in the shape of a percentage of any prize-money their mounts earn. This ranges from 8.5 to nine per cent of winning prize-money over jumps, depending on the race. It is 6.9 per cent on the Flat. Under both codes they take home 3.5 per cent of placed prize-money.

Who is the best horse of all time? ›

We all know the story about Secretariat; it's even been made into a movie. Along with Man o' War, he is considered to be the best horse of all time. Even ESPN counted Secretariat as on of the Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century during their countdown in 1999.

Who is the richest jockey in America? ›

John Velazquez is the highest-earning jockey of all time in America, having amassed about $430 million USD in earnings throughout his long career. Born in Puerto Rico in 1971, he moved to New York City in 1990.

What is the fastest horse in the United States? ›

The American Quarterhorse has been clocked at running as fast as 55 MPH. The American Quarterhorse, with its broad chest and powerful, rounded hindquarters, is perhaps the fastest horse in the world over short distances, eclipsing just about every other breed on this list.

Who is the richest horse jockey in the world? ›

Yutaka Take

What jockey makes the most money? ›

The winningest Thoroughbred jockey in history is John Velazquez, who has earned $464,477,470 in his long career.

Who is the best jockey in America? ›

Top 100 Leaders by North American Race Earnings.
#JockeyWins
1Irad Ortiz, Jr.325
2Flavien Prat236
3Joel Rosario185
4Tyler Gaffalione265
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