The best active jockeys in horse racing

  1. Joel Rosario:

Joel is a Dominican Republic-born jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He astonished everyone after winning the Dubai World Cup and Kentucky Derby within a small time frame of five weeks. In 2009, he won six races on a single card, a feat achieved only the fifth time in the history of the sport. He has 2,003 wins in his career and has a bright future in the sport.

  1. Rafael Bejarano:

Rafael is a Peruvian-born champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He started his professional career in 1999 but found his biggest break in 2004 when he became the United States Champions jockey by wins with 455. Till date, he has gone on to win more than 3000 times. He was the eighth highest earning jockey in the United States of America in 2004 and is still one of the best in the sport.

  1. Kent Desormeaux:

Kent is an American-born jockey who has been in the sport since the age of sixteen. Kent has famously won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes three times each and came very close to winning the Triple Crown in 1998. He holds the record for winning the most races in a single year with 598 wins in 1989.

  1. DeShawn Parker:

DeShawn Parker inspired by his father has become a successful jockey now. He has more than 4,000 wins under his belt and is still going on strongly. He has earnings over $47 million dollars. In 2010, he became the first black jockey to win the North American races since 1895.

  1. Yutaka Take:

Yutaka is a huge name in the Japanese horse racing world. The Japanese jockey is a multiple champion in Japan having won the Japan Cup in 1999. He became the first rookie in 1987 to win 69 races in one season. In 2007, he won his fourth Japan Cup in seven years. He has still loads to achieve as he remains one of the best in the horse racing world.

  1. John Velazquez:

John is a Puerto Rican born jockey with quite a successive career. He has won the Breeders’ Cup thirteen times and won three Triple Crown races. He has 5,585 career wins so far, once becoming the highest earning jockey in 2014. He was admitted to the Hall of Fame in 2012 as he still remains hungry for more success.

  1. Gary Stevens:

Gary is an American-born jockey who is also an actor and a sports analyst. In spite of constant injuries, Gary has been quite a successful figure in the sport. He has more than 5000+ wins under his belt, winning 10 Breeders’ Cup races and winning the Santa Anita Derby nine times.

  1. Victor Espinoza:

The Mexican-born jockey is quite a famous name in American thoroughbred horse racing. He won the Triple Crown in 2015. He has won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes three times with the same horses. He has won more than 3,200 races and is the oldest jockey till date to win the Triple Crown.

  1. Mike Smith:

Michael Smith has been one of the leading riders in the USA for some time now. He is a Mexican by nationality and has won the Breeders’ Cup races by any jockey. He has 5,245 wins in his racing career after getting his jockey license in 1982. It is only right to see a jockey like him admitted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

  1. Javier Castellano:

The Venezuela-born jockey started his career in 1996. Castellano has run riot in the sport after receiving the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2013, 2014 and 2015 based on having the highest purse winnings in North America. He has 4,226 as of now and is going very strong and is expected to surpass many records in the process.