Anthony S. Cruz
Anthony S. "Tony" Cruz (born December 24, 1956 in Hong Kong) is a former Champion Thoroughbred horse racing jockey and current horse trainer. Referred to as a racing legend by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Cruz began his professional riding in 1973 and earned his first win on December 11, 1974 at Happy Valley Racecourse. After becoming one of Hong Kong's top jockeys, in the late 1980s he rode in England and France where he enjoyed considerable success, capturing a number of prestigious Group One races.
Cruz has been Hong Kong's champion jockey six times and has won more races there than any other jockey. When he retired from riding he embarked on a career as a trainer that has led to more success. Notably he trained two-time Hong Kong Horse of the Year Silent Witness (2004, 2005) and his third straight Hong Kong Horse of the Year, 2006 winner, Bullish Luck.
Son of J M da Cruz, a well-known jockey, Tony Cruz became an intern jockey at the age of 14. As a jockey, he won the Hong Kong Derby four times aboard Co-Tack (1983), Tea For Two II (1987), Clear City (1988), Makarpura Star (1995). And as a trainer he won it in 2004 with Lucky Owners, and in 2008 with Helene Mascot. He has also ridden to victory in the Hong Kong Champions & Chater Cup on two occasions.