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Steve Cauthen

Jockey Profile

Steve Cauthen
Steve Cauthen was born on the 1st of May 1960 in Kentucky. Cauthen rode his first race in 1976 where he finished last. This losing streak didn't last long though, and he won his first race under a week later on Red Pipe. He very quickly became famous and was the leading race winner in 1977 with 487 victories under his belt.

He gained the nicknames 'Stevie Wonder' and 'The Six Million Dollar Man' when he became the first ever jockey to win $6m in one season.

He was the youngest jockey in history to win the Triple Crown - he did this in 1978 riding Affirmed. He's also the last jockey to accomplish this feat (as of the 2008 season). He won the Eclipse Awards for both Apprentice Jockey and Outstanding Jockey and was named ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year.

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As he got older though, he began to struggle with making weight. He moved over to England in 1979 where jockeys are usually able to compete at higher weights. He was also highly successful there and won the St Leger Stakes 3 times, the Two Thousand Guineas, Irish Oaks and Epsom Derby twice. Steve Cauthen retired in 1993 at the age of 33 and in 1994 was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Cauthen was named British Champion Jockey 3 times and achieved the rare feat of winning the jockey's championship in both the UK and the USA.

Steve Cauthen - 10 Notable Wins

1978 - Kentucky Derby - (Affirmed)

1984 - Ascot Gold Cup - (Gildoran)

1985 - St. Leger Stakes - (Oh So Sharp)

1986 - Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud - (Acatenango)

1987 - King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes - (Reference Point)

1988 - Epsom Oaks - (Diminuendo)

1989 - Prix du Jockey Club - (Old Vic)

1990 - Grand Prix de Paris - (Saumarez)

1991 - Irish Oaks - (Possessive Dancer)

1992 - Middle Park Stakes - (Zieten)

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