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Angel Cordero, Jr.

Angel Cordero, Jr.
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    One of the fiercest competitors and most popular figures in the history of Thoroughbred racing, Angel Cordero, Jr. was born Nov. 8, 1942 in Santurce, Puerto Rico. His father, Angel Cordero, Sr., was a rider and trainer and several of his uncles were involved with Thoroughbreds. Cordero rode his first winner in Puerto Rico in 1960 and came to ride in the United States two years later.


    Cordero became known as the “King of Saratoga.” He won 14 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.


     Other major races won by Cordero include the Travers Stakes, Whitney Handicap (2), Alabama Stakes (3), Hopeful Stakes (2), Sword Dancer (3), Spinaway Stakes (5), Saratoga Special (5), Woodward Stakes (6), Wood Memorial (4), Man o’ War (4), Kentucky Oaks (2), Jockey Club Gold Cup (3), Del Mar Futurity, Suburban Handicap (5), Matron Stakes (6), Canadian International, Arlington Million, Pimlico Special, D.C. International, Coaching Club of American Oaks (3), Suburban Handicap (5), Brooklyn Handicap (2), Metropolitan Handicap, Acorn (2), Adirondack (2), Ballerina (2), Bernard Baruch (5), Bay Shore (2), Beaugay (2), Beldame (3), Black-Eyed Susan (2), Blue Grass (2), Bold Ruler (3), Bowling Green Handicap (2), Champagne (2), Comely (3), Delaware Handicap (4), Demoiselle (5) Diana (2), Discovery (5), Distaff Handicap (4), Dwyer (2), Excelsior (3), Fall Highweight (4), Flower Bowl, Forego (4), Fountain of Youth, Fourstardave (3),  Frizette (2), Futurity (2), Garden City (3), Gazelle (4), Go for Wand (6), Gotham (3), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (2), Jerome (4), Jim Dandy (3), Long Island Handicap (3), Manhattan (2), Massachusetts Handicap, Meadowlands Cup (3), Personal Ensign (8), Peter Pan (3), Prioress (3), Remsen (3), Sanford (4), Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Handicap, Sheepshead Bay (4), Test (3), Top Flight (3), Vagrancy (4) and Vosburgh (6).Among Cordero’s top mounts were Bold Forbes, Seattle Slew, Slew o’ Gold, All Along, Gate Dancer, Spend a Buck, Cannonade, Gulch, Codex, Life’s Magic and Chief’s Crown.


    Angel Cordero, Jr. was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1988.