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Chris McCarron

Chris McCarron
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Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Birth date 27, 1955 (1955-03-27) (age 61)
Career wins 7,141
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Kentucky Oaks (1977, 1990, 2002)
Rancho Bernardo Handicap
(1978, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1997)
Del Mar Oaks
(1979, 1984, 1989, 1991)
Del Mar Futurity
(1979, 1988, 1992, 1997)
Del Mar Handicap
(1979, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1998, 2000)
Del Mar Debutante Stakes
(1980, 1981, 1984)
La Jolla Handicap
(1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1993)
San Bernardino Handicap
(1980, 1982, 1986, 1988, 1997, 2002)
Clement L. Hirsch Handicap
(1981, 1988, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000)
San Felipe Stakes
(1982, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1998)
Florida Derby (1981)
Eddie Read Handicap (1981)
Bing Crosby Handicap (1982)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1982, 1993)
Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap
(1983, 1992, 1996, 1997)
Arlington Million (1984)
Fantasy Stakes (1984, 1987, 1989, 1992)
San Clemente Handicap
(1984, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1995)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1984)
Breeders' Cup Sprint (1985)
Woodward Stakes (1986, 1988)
Del Mar Breeders' Cup Mile
(1987, 1988, 1995, 1998)
Santa Anita Handicap (1988, 1999, 2001)
Haskell Invitational Handicap (1989, 1997)
Native Diver Handicap
(1989, 1990, 1991, 1992)
Santa Anita Derby
(1991, 1996, 2000, 2002)
John C. Mabee Handicap
(1992, 1993, 1994)
San Diego Handicap
(1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999)
Pacific Classic Stakes (1998)

International race wins:
Canadian International Stakes (1987)
Japan Cup (1988)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Kentucky Derby (1987, 1994)
Preakness Stakes (1987, 1992)
Belmont Stakes (1986, 1997) Breeders' Cup Classic
(1988, 1989, 1996, 2000, 2001)
Breeders' Cup Distaff (1992)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile (1992)

Breeders' Cup Turf (1995)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by wins
(1974, 1975, 1980)
United States Champion Jockey by earnings
(1980, 1981, 1984, 1991)
U.S. Champion Apprentice Jockey (1974)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1980)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1980)
Mike Venezia Memorial Award (1991)
Big Sport of Turfdom Award (1993)
Honours
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1989)
Significant horses
John Henry, Alysheba, Desert Wine, Danzig Connection, Precisionist, Pine Bluff, Lady's Secret, Sunday Silence, Paseana, Touch Gold, Tiznow, Flawlessly, Alphabet Soup, Go for Gin

Christopher John "Chris" McCarron (b. March 27, 1955, Boston, Massachusetts) is an American thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame retired jockey. He is currently working as a racing analyst for TVG Network.

He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron. Chris McCarron began riding professionally in 1974 at East Coast racetracks where he won the 1974 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey in the United States.

He moved to race in California in 1977, a year he scored his first of three wins in the Kentucky Oaks. In 1980 won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey as best overall jockey and that same year his peers voted him the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. In 1991, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship".

McCarron won nine Breeders' Cup races, including five Breeders' Cup Classics, and rode six winners in the U.S. Triple Crown Races.

In 1989 Chris McCarron was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. After twenty-eight years in racing he retired in June 2002. He finished as thoroughbred racing's all-time leader in purse earnings with more than $264 million in winnings.

In 2003, McCarron served as a technical advisor, racing designer and actor in the 2003 film Seabiscuit. That same year he was hired by Magna Entertainment Corp. to serve as Vice President and General Manager of Santa Anita Park. After resigning his job at Santa Anita in January 2005, in July McCarron announced he would be opening the first riding academy in the United States.

His school is scheduled to begin classes in December 2006 and will be located at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Most industry insiders and observers consider such a school to be something that the American thoroughbred racing has long needed. McCarron told ESPN he plans to lobby the various racing commissions and other organizations to ensure that there are minimum requirements and standards set for jockeys.

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