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Steve Cauthen
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Steve Cauthen at the 2014 Belmont Stakes
Occupation Jockey
Born May 1, 1960 (1960-05-01) (age 61)
Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
Career wins 2,794
Major racing wins
Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (1977)
Hollywood Derby (1978)
United States Triple Crown (1978)
2,000 Guineas (1979)
1,000 Guineas (1985)
Ascot Gold Cup (1984, 1987)
Epsom Derby (1985, 1987)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1987)
Epsom Oaks (1985, 1988, 1989)
St. Leger Stakes (1985, 1987, 1989)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1983, 1986)
Grosser Preis von Baden (1983, 1985)
Irish Derby (1989)
Irish Oaks (1988, 1991)
Derby Italiano (1991)
Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1984)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1977)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (1977)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1977)
Eclipse Award of Merit (1977)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1984)
British Champion Jockey (1984, 1985, 1987)
Honours
Associated Press Athlete of the Year (1977)
Sports Illustrated - Sportsman of the Year (1977)
Golden Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement (1978)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1994)
Significant horses
Affirmed, Old Vic, Gold and Ivory, Triptych, Pebbles, Oh So Sharp, Slip Anchor, Reference Point, Saumarez, Never So Bold, Indian Skimmer
1000 Guineas (1)
1985
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap
Oh So Sharp Al Bahathri Bella Colora
2000 Guineas (1)
1979
Light green and black stripes, light green sleeves Apricot Emerald green, orange braces and cap, hooped sleeves
Tap On Wood Kris Young Generation
Derby (2)
1985
Apricot Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
Slip Anchor Law Society Damister
1987
Yellow, black spots, yellow sleeves and cap Chocolate, Gold braid and sleeves, quartered cap Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves
Reference Point Most Welcome Bellotto
Oaks (3)
1985
Maroon, white sleeves and star on cap Light blue, mauve halved sleeves Royal blue, red epaulets, striped cap
Oh So Sharp Triptych Dubian
1988
Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Red, blue sash, white sleeves, blue cap Blue, white seams, sleeves and cap
Diminuendo Sudden Love Animatrice
1989
Light green, white chevron, striped sleeves GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Scarlet, blue collar, white cap
Snow Bride Aliysa Roseate Tern
St Leger (3)
1985
Maroon, white sleeves and star on cap White, maroon braces and armlets, striped cap Black, white chevron hoop, white cap
Oh So Sharp Phardante Lanfranco
1987
Yellow, black spots, yellow sleeves and cap Grey, blue stripes on body, blue cap Crimson, silver braid
Reference Point Mountain Kingdom Dry Dock
1989
Black, white chevron hoop, white cap Red, pale green cap Scarlet, blue collar, white cap
Michelozzo Sapience Roseate Tern
 

Steve Cauthen (born May 1, 1960) is an American jockey who is now retired.

In 1977 he became the first jockey to win over $6 million in a year working with agent Lenny Goodman, and in 1978 he became the youngest jockey to win the U. S. Triple Crown. Cauthen is the only jockey ever named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

After riding for a few years in the United States, he began racing in Europe. He is the only jockey to have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Epsom Derby.

Background

Cauthen, the son of a trainer and a farrier, grew up in Walton, Kentucky around horses, which (along with his small size) made race-riding a logical career choice.

Racing career

North America

He rode his first race on May 12, 1976 at Churchill Downs; he finished last, riding King of Swat. He rode his first winner (Red Pipe) less than a week later, at River Downs.

He was the nation's leader in race wins in 1977 with 487. In only his second year of riding, he became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season, passing that mark in December 1977.

In 1978 he became the youngest jockey to ever win the U. S. Triple Crown, riding Affirmed, and he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.

He had increasing problems making the weight and moved to the UK, where jockey weights were higher.

Europe

In his first race in the UK in April 1979 he rode Marquee Universal to victory at Salisbury.

Cauthen was British Champion Jockey three times, and won English classic races ten times, including the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby twice, and the St Leger three times. In 1985 he won three Classics riding Oh So Sharp. In 1989 he rode European Horse of the Year Old Vic to victory in the French Derby and the Irish Derby. In 1991 he won the Italian Derby on Hailsham.

Retirement

After he finished his riding career, he returned to Kentucky and bought a stud farm.

In 1999, the Racing Post ranked Cauthen as eighth in their list of the Top 50 jockeys of the 20th century.

Cauthen and his wife, Amy have three daughters.

Major winners

United Kingdom Great Britain

  • 1,000 Guineas - Oh So Sharp (1985)
  • 2,000 Guineas - Tap on Wood (1979)
  • Derby - Slip Anchor (1985), Reference Point (1987)
  • King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - Reference Point (1987)
  • Oaks - Oh So Sharp (1985), Diminuendo (1988), Snow Bride (1989)
  • St. Leger - Oh So Sharp (1985), Reference Point (1987), Michelozzo (1989)

France France

  • Grand Prix de Paris - Risk Me (1987), Saumarez (1990)
  • French Derby - Old Vic (1989)

Republic of Ireland Ireland

  • Irish 1,000 Guineas - In the Groove (1990)
  • Irish Derby - Old Vic (1989)
  • Irish Oaks - Diminuendo (dead heat 1988), Possessive Dancer (1991)
  • Irish St. Leger - Mashaallah (1992)

Italy Italy

  • Derby Italiano - Hailsham (1991)
  • Gran Criterium - Tanque Verde (1985)

United States United States

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