Join the Grassroots Effort to Put Jockey Perry Ouzts in the Hall of Fame.
Fans have come together to campaign to include Perry Ouzts in the National Racing Hall of Fame. Turfway is proud to support this grassroots effort.
Perry is 11th on the all-time win list with 6,722 career wins*, more than such Hall of Fame inductees as John Velazquez, Gary Stevens, Calvin Borel, Kent Desormeaux, Mike Smith, Eddie Delahoussaye, Earlie Fires, Jerry Bailey and John Longden.
Only two of those ahead of him on the list are still actively riding.
And Perry is definitely actively riding! Now 62, he rode 974 races in 2016, winning with 16% of his mounts and finishing in the top three with 42%. He continues to ride as regularly in 2017.
His total career mounts—49,004*—are second only to the all-time leader, Russell Baze.
Learn more about Perry!
Read the award-winning story of Perry's gritty comeback after injuries sidelined him for 11 months. Kentucky Enquirer, February 18, 2007
Read the story of Perry's 6,000th win, earned at Turfway on September 29, 2012.
Born July 7, 1954, Perry grew up in Rivervale, Arkansas, riding horses with his cousin, Hall of Fame jockey Earlie Fires. He began his career at Beulah Park in 1973 and has been a consistent leader on the Ohio circuit ever since. Ouzts names the racemare Hy Carol as his favorite mount; the two won nine stakes races together from 1976 through 1978. Another memorable win was the inaugural running of the Mike Rowland Memorial Handicap at Thistledown in 2004. The race is named for a fellow jockey and long time friend who died from injuries sustained during a race at Turfway in February of that year.
Perry's career was the subject of the 2015 Eclipse Award-winning documentary Ironman Perry Ouzts.
*through February 10, 2017