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Eddie Delahoussaye

Eddie Delahoussaye
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    Eddie Delahoussaye was born Sept. 21, 1951 in New Iberia, La., into a family associated with horse racing. He began racing at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans as a teenager and spent his early career racing in Louisiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Delahoussaye made California his home base in 1979.

     Delahoussaye was known as a rider whose patience allowed him to bring horses from off the pace to win. His best horses were A.P. Indy, Princess Rooney, Prized, Gato del Sol, Sunny’s Halo, Pleasant Stage, Thirty Slews, Pleasant Tap, Gate Dancer and Risen Star. His mounts won $195,884,940.

    Delahoussaye is one of only four jockeys to win consecutive runnings of the Kentucky Derby (Gato del Sol in 1982 and Sunny’s Halo in 1983). Besides those two Derbies, he won the 1988 Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes with Risen Star, the 1992 Belmont Stakes with A.P. Indy, and seven Breeders’ Cup races.

    Other major victories for Delahoussaye include the Kentucky Oaks (2), Jockey Club Gold Cup, Eddie Read Handicap (4), Bing Crosby Handicap (5), Pacific Classic (2), Del Mar Derby (5) Santa Anita Derby (2), Whitney Handicap, and Woodbine Mile.

    Delahoussaye led all North American jockeys with 384 wins in 1978 and was presented the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1981.

    Eddie Delahoussaye was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1993.