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G. R. Carter

G. R. Carter
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G. R. Carter
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Pawhuska, Oklahoma, U.S.
Birth date February 6, 1968
Career wins 3,022 (AQHA) (as of 1-1-10)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
All American Derby (1997)
All American Futurity (1998, 2008)
All American Gold Cup (1995)
Bank of America Challenge Championship (2000)
Bayer Legend Derby Challenge Championship(1997,2005)
Black/Gold Futurity (2002)
Blue Ribbon Derby (1995, 1998)
Blue Ribbon Futurity (1997,2007)
Championship at Sunland Park (2005)
Dash For Cash Derby (1997, 2006, 2007)
Dash For Cash Futurity (2001)
Ed Burke Million Futurity (2006)
El Primero Ano Derby (2010)
Firecracker Futurity (2010)
Ford Juvenile Challenge Championship (1995)
Go Man Go Handicap (2006)
Golden State Futurity (2002, 2003)
Governor's Cup Derby (2007)
Governor's Cup Futurity (2006)
Harrah's Entertainment Derby (2009)
Heritage Place Derby (1989, 1998, 2004, 2007)
Heritage Place Futurity
(1988, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2002)
Hobbs America Futurity (2009)
Kansas Derby (2007)
Kansas Futurity (2007)
Kansas Jackpot Derby (2005)
Kansas Jackpot Futurity (2005, 2009)
Kindergarten Futurity (1993)
Lazy E Derby (1996)
Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (1998)
Los Alamitos Super Derby (2003, 2004)
Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (2002, 2005)
Los Alamitos Winter Derby (2004, 2010)
Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (1993, 2003)
Mile High Derby (2002)
Oklahoma Derby (1989, 2007, 2009)
Oklahoma Futurity (1992)
Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Derby
(2000, 2003)
Oklahoma Horsemen's Association Futurity (2004)
PCQHA Breeders Futurity (2004)
PCQHA Breeders Derby (2009)
Rainbow Derby (1998)
Rainbow Futurity (1996)
Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship
(1996, 2003)
Refrigerator Handicap (2006)
Remington Park Derby (1998, 2004, 2007)
Remington Park Futurity (1997, 2001, 2007, 2009)
Remington Park Invitational Championship (2007)
Ruidoso Futurity (2004)
Sooner State Stakes
(1996, 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Southern California Derby (1995)
Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Derby
(2002, 2002, 2005)
Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity (2002, 2008)
Spencer Childers California Breeders Championship (2004, 2005, 2006)
Sunland Park Winter Derby (2003, 2004, 2007)
Sunland Park Winter Futurity (2005)
Texas Classic Derby (1997, 2006, 2009)
Texas Classic Futurity (2006,)
Vessels Maturity (2005, 2006)
West Texas Futurity (2008)
West Texas Maturity (2007)
Zia Derby (1997, 2004)
Racing awards
AQHA World Champion Jockey
(1993, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
APHA World Champion Jockey
(1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2007)
Remington Park Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Ruidoso Downs Race Horse Hall of Fame (2008)
Significant horses
Be A Bono, Country Chicks Man, Dashin Is Easy, Dashing Perfection, Falling In Loveagain, Fast First Prize, Fast Prize Zoom, FDD Dynasty, Hez Ramblin Man, Got Country Grip, Jess Zoomin, Noblesse Six, PYC Paint Your Wagon, Stolis Winner, Valiant Hero,

G. R. (George Robert) Carter, JR (born February 6, 1968) is a professional American Quarter Horse jockey. On June 1, 2008, he became the all-time leading money earning jockey in American Quarter Horse racing history surpassing the previous record of $41,405,207 million in mount earnings. He has continued to add to the record since topping the $50 million mark.

Carter has been named American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Champion Jockey eight times in his career including six years consecutively from 2003-2008. In the history of the award, no other jockey has won more than five titles.


Early life

Carter is an American Indian of Osage heritage who grew up in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. As a teenager, he was a competitive gymnast and won the state championship. During his Senior year at Pawhuska High School, Carter won the Class 2A State Wrestling Championship at 108 pounds.

Growing up, Carter was involved in ranching and rodeos which helped develop his love of horses. At age 14, he began galloping race horses for a local trainer to help fund his rodeo participation. He would occasionally ride races on the weekends throughout his Senior year in high school at Blue Ribbon Downs and Eureka Downs.

Professional career

After graduating high school in 1986, Carter moved to Sallisaw, Oklahoma to become a full-time jockey at Blue Ribbon Downs. He continued to ride primarily in the central part of the United States until the early 1990s when he moved his tack to Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California. After a couple of successful years in California, Carter moved his home base back to Oklahoma.

Carter has won the All American Futurity twice. The All American Futurity is Quarter Horse racing's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby which if for Thoroughbred race horses. He won the All American Futurity in 1998 aboard FALLING IN LOVEAGAIN and again in 2008 aboard STOLIS WINNER.

In 2008, Carter set a new AQHA single-season earnings record by reaching the $5,027,173 mark in mount earnings. This eclipsed the previous record of $4.5 million which he had set. Also in 2008, Carter broke his own single-meeting record for wins at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma with a total of 98.

Adding to an incredible 2008, he rode Fast Prize Zoom to a World Record for 300 yards. The record was established at Sunland Park in Sunland, New Mexico with a final time of 14.87 seconds.

Carter also jockeys American Paint Horses on the racetrack. He hase been named American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Champion Jockey seven times in his career. He has won numerous stakes and championships piloting Paint Horses as well. He was the jockey for the record-setting paint horse Got Country Grip, who tied a North American racing record for any breed in 2008 by winning 16 consecutive races. Racing statistics for Paint Horse races are not included in AQHA statistics.

May 31, 2009 was declared by Governor Brad Henry as G. R. Carter Day in Oklahoma.

Carter is known throughout the racing world for his "back-flip" dismounts. After winning a stakes race, he often uses his gymnastics background to celebrate by performing a back-flip off of the horse from the saddle.

Carter is currently the Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of the Jockey's Guild which represents the interests of jockeys around the country.

He has been represented by jockey agent Donnie Stewart since December 2002.


Carter's wife is Shaena, and they reside in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. His father-in-law, Jerry Burgess also won the All American Futurity as a jockey in 1975 aboard Bugs Alive In 75.

In his spare time, Carter is an avid team roper. He will occasionally enter professional rodeos to satisfy his competitive nature. He won the Pro-Am at the 2007 World Series of Team Roping.

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G. R. Carter aboard the Jerry Windham-owned Stolis Winner after winning the 2008 All American Futurity
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G. R. Carter aboard the Spencer Childers-owned and Dan Francisco-trained World Champion Be A Bono
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G. R. Carter winning the Ed Burke Million Futurity aboard the Michael Joiner-trained FDD Dynasty at Los Alamitos Race Course
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G. R. Carter aboard the World Champion Country Chicks Man
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G. R. Carter setting the 300-yard World Record aboard Fast Prize Zoom
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G. R. Carter aboard Got Country Grip
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G. R. Carter doing a backflip after winning aboard Spit Curl Jess
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G. R. Carter aboard the Heath Taylor-trained Jess Zoomin
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G. R. Carter winning a race aboard Okey Dokey Fonda at Remington Park
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G. R. Carter aboard the Jack Brooks-trained Separate Bet


  • The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal Annual Review, March 2008

2008 Champions Named

2007 AQHA Champion Jockey
AQHA Champions History
AQHA.com Article #1
AQHA.com Article #2
2008 Remington Park Season Wrap-Up
Got Country Grip Defeated
All American Futurity Controversy
Carter Elected to Ruidoso Downs Hall of Fame

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