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Turfway to host Derby-winning jockeys

Wednesday, February 25, 2009 12:00 AM
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  • Spiral Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 25, 2009 . . . Five former jockeys with Kentucky Derby wins to their credit will greet fans and sign autographs at Turfway Park across three Monday afternoons in March. The last of the three Mondays kicks off the week leading to the Grade II Lane’s End Stakes, Turfway's Derby prep race.

Chris McCarron and Mike Manganello will be on hand March 2, Pat Day and Craig Perret will appear March 9, and Steve Cauthen will appear March 16. A commemorative poster featuring the jockeys will be available free of charge, limited to one per person. A total of 600 posters will be printed. The autograph sessions will run from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day, and fans may have the poster and one other item signed on a first come, first served basis.

The three Mondays will offer live racing as well, a departure from Turfway's usual schedule. Racing begins at 1:10 p.m. all three days.

McCarron won the Derby in 1987 aboard Alysheba, who broke his maiden at Turfway the year before, and added the 1994 Derby riding Go for Gin. He won two Eclipse Awards, one as leading apprentice in 1974 and the other as leading jockey in 1980. He was honored with the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1980 and was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 1989. McCarron retired from racing in 2002 and in 2006 founded the North American Racing Academy in Lexington.

Perret piloted Unbridled to victory in the 1990 Kentucky Derby and was that year’s Eclipse Award winner as leading jockey. He was inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 2006 and was a nominee for induction into racing’s Hall of Fame that year as well. He retired from racing in 2005 with more than 3,000 career wins, including 212 graded stakes.

Day won the 1992 Derby with Lil E. Tee, who prepped for the Classic by winning what is now the Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway. Day was the nation’s leading jockey by wins six times and won the Eclipse Award as leading jockey in 1984, 1986, 1987, and 1991. He was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1985 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991. Day retired in 2005 and now serves with the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.

Manganello won the 1970 Kentucky Derby with Dust Commander at odds of 15-1. He retired from riding in 1979 but stayed in racing, taking out his trainer's license that same year. He left training in 1984 and returned to riding, retiring again in 1991. Manganello is now an accredited racing official, serving as an association steward.

Cauthen rode Affirmed to victory not only in the 1978 Derby but in the Preakness and Belmont stakes as well, becoming the youngest—and so far the last—jockey to win racing’s coveted Triple Crown. Cauthen won three Eclipse Awards in a single year, 1977, recognized with the Award of Merit and as both outstanding apprentice and outstanding jockey. He also was named Sportsman of the Year in 1977 by Sports Illustrated. At age 19 Cauthen moved his tack to England, where he was leading jockey three times and twice won the Epsom Derby. He is the only jockey in history to win the Kentucky, Epsom, Irish, French, and Italian derbies. Cauthen was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1984 and was inducted into racing's Hall of Fame in 1994. He retired from racing in 1993 and now owns Dreamfields, a Kentucky Thoroughbred breeding and training operation.

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