He began his career in 1968 and in ten short years became the top American jockey with 384 wins. He has won the Kentucky Derby in two consecutive years, riding Gato Del Sol in 1982 and Sunny's Halo in 1983; he had finished second in the 1981 Derby.
He retired from horse racing in January 2003 as a result of injuries to his head and neck suffered in a fall at Del Mar Racetrack. Over his 34 year career, he is the twelfth winningest jockey with 6,384 races won. In terms of monetary winnings, he is sixth all time, having earned $195,881,170 in his career.
In 2006 Delahoussaye wrote the preface to Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, by photographer-author Karen S. Davis, the first full-color art book documenting morning thoroughbred racetrack training. "All of the moments that define the morning at Santa Anita are captured in the stunning photography of this book," he wrote. "Morning at Santa Anita racetrack is like no other time or place on earth."
Eddie Delahoussaye remains active in the horse racing industry and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation.
- Thoroughbred Times 2002 article on Eddie Delahoussaye's election to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
- Davis, Karen S., Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, "Preface" by Eddie Delahoussaye, Highland Press, San Rafael, CA, 2006, ISBN 0-9662414-3-6.