Twitter icon
Facebook icon

Laffit Pincay, Jr.

Laffit Pincay, Jr.
Induction Year: 
Career Years: 
Number of Mounts: 
Number of Winners: 
Winning Percentage: 

Tab Wrapper


    Laffit Pincay, Jr. was born on Dec. 29, 1946 in Panama City, Panama. In 1966, while riding in his native country, Pincay’s talents were noticed by American owner/breeder Fred Hooper, who brought him to the United States as a contract rider. 

    Pincay found immediate success in the U.S., winning with eight of his first 11 mounts while riding at Arlington Park. He was regarded as a strong rider who was able to control unruly horses, but he also had gentle hands and a keen sense of timing.

    Based in Southern California, Pincay won numerous riding titles at Santa Anita (14), Del Mar (5), Oak Tree (6) and Hollywood Park (16), as well as single titles at Saratoga, Arlington and Hawthorne.

    Pincay was the leading money winner seven times (1970-1974, 1979 and 1985) and retired in April of 2003 with career earnings of $237,120,625. In December of 1999 he became the winningest jockey of all time when he rode his 8,834th winner to surpass Bill Shoemaker (Pincay’s record was subsequently surpassed by fellow Hall of Famer Russell Baze). Pincay concluded his career with 9,530 wins.

    Pincay won the 1984 Kentucky Derby (Swale) and captured the Belmont Stakes in 1982 (Conquistador Cielo), 1983 (Caveat) and 1984 (Swale). He also won seven Breeders’ Cup races and won multiple editions of many of the top races on the West Coast, including the Hollywood Gold Cup (9), Rancho Bernardo Handicap (9), Santa Barbara Handicap (8), Santa Anita Derby (7), San Bernardino Handicap (7), Los Angeles Handicap (6), Del Mar Derby (5), Del Mar Futurity (4), San Diego Handicap (4), Eddie Read Handicap (4) and Bing Crosby Handicap (3). 

    Other major races won by Pincay include the Whitney Handicap, Florida Derby (2), Blue Grass Stakes (2), Woodward Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup (2), Kentucky Oaks, Canadian International and D.C. International.

      Many of Pincay’s top mounts later became Hall of Fame inductees, including Affirmed, Gamely, Susan’s Girl, Desert Vixen, John Henry, Genuine Risk, Bayakoa and Cougar II.

    Pincay won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979 and 1985. He also won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1970.

     Laffit Pincay, Jr. was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1975.