Latino Jockeys in the Hall of Fame

Many of the top thoroughbred jockeys in the United States are Latinos. Here are six of the nine Latino Hall of Famers, plus one likely on the way.


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    Jose Santos Inducted - 2007 Riding Career: 1984 - 2007  Number of Mounts: 25,928 Number of Winners: 4,083 Winning Percentage: 15.7 Born on April 26, 1961 in Concepcion, Chile Retired in 2007 with 4,083 victories and earnings of $187,242,605.


    Laffit Pincay Jr.  Inducted - 1975 
    Riding Career: 1966-2003 
    Number of Mounts: 48,486 
    Number of Winners: 9,530 
    Winning Percentage: 20 

    Laffit Pincay, Jr. was born on Dec. 29, 1946 in Panama City, Panama Pincay was the leading money winner seven times (1970-1974, 1979 and 1985) and retired in April of 2003 with career earnings of $237,120,625. Pincay won the 1984 Kentucky Derby (Swale) and captured the Belmont Stakes in 1982 (Conquistador Cielo), 1983 (Caveat) and 1984 (Swale). He also won seven Breeders’ Cup races.
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    Angel Cordero, Jr.  Inducted - 1988  Riding Career: 1960-1992  Number of Mounts: 38,646  Number of Winners: 7,057  Winning Percentage: 18.3  Angel Cordero, Jr. was born May 8, 1942 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Cordero became known as the “King of Saratoga.” He won 13 riding titles at the Spa, including 11 in a row. Cordero won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 1982 and 1983. He led all North American riders in earnings in 1976, 1982 and 1983, and in wins in 1968.  Cordero won the Kentucky Derby in 1974 (Cannonade), 1976 (Bold Forbes) and 1985 (Spend a Buck). He won the Preakness in 1980 (Codex) and 1984 (Gate Dancer) and captured the Belmont in 1976 (Bold Forbes). Cordero also won four Breeders’ Cup races.
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    Edgar Prado Inducted - 2008 Riding Career: 1986 - PRESENT Number of Mounts: 33,419 (through 2009) Number of Winners: 6,316 (through 2009) Winning Percentage: 19 Among Prado’s achievements are a victory in the Kentucky Derby, two Belmont Stakes, three Breeders’ Cup wins and career earnings of $225 million through 2009. Edgar Prado was born into a racing family in Lima, Peru on June 12, 1967


    Jacinto Vasquez Inducted - 1998 Riding Career: 1959-1996 Number of Mounts: 37,392 Number of Winners: 5,231 Winning Percentage: 14 Jacinto Vasquez was born in Panama in 1944. On two occasions, Vasquez defeated the legendary Secretariat (aboard Angle Light in the Wood Memorial and with Onion in the Whitney). He won the Kentucky Derby in 1975 with Foolish Pleasure and with Genuine Risk in 1980 when she became only the second filly to win the Derby.
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    Jorge Velasquez  Inducted - 1990  Riding Career: 1963-1997  Number of Mounts: 40,852  Number of Winners: 6,795  Winning Percentage: 17  Jorge Velasquez was born on Dec. 28, 1946 in Chepo, Panama.  Velasquez rode many of the top horses of his era, but always considered Hall of Famer Alydar to be his best mount. He rode Alydar to second-place finishes in all three Triple Crown events in 1978, each time losing a heartbreaker to Affirmed. Velasquez and Alydar did exact a measure of revenge by defeating Affirmed in the Travers Stakes later that summer.


    **(Nominated to the Hall of Fame though hasn't been voted in)*** John Velazquez Born: Nov. 24, 1971, Carolina, Puerto Rico Velazquez won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2004 and 2005 and led all North American riders in earnings during those years. He led all New York jockeys in wins from 2001 through 2004 and set a record with 65 wins at Saratoga in 2004. Velazquez has won 21 riding titles at New York Racing Association tracks and has eight Breeders’ Cup wins. He won 12 Grade 1 races in 2010 and posted 43 Grade 1 wins from 2006 through 2010. Velazquez won the Belmont Stakes in 2007 with Rags to Riches and his other major victories include the Travers, Alabama, Champagne, Sanford, Personal Ensign, Whitney, King’s Bishop, Hollywood Derby and Kentucky Oaks. Through 2010, Velazquez had won 4,483 races and ranked fourth all time in purse earnings with $241,248,072.
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