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Gene St. Leon

Gene St. Leon
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Topeka, Kansas
Birth date c. 1954
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Demoiselle Stakes (1971)
New Orleans Handicap (1972)
Memorial Day Handicap (1974, 1975, 1977, 1988)
Azalea Stakes (1975, 1976)
W. L. McKnight Handicap (1975, 1976)
Calder Derby (1973)
Melaleuca Stakes (1984) (2 divs)
Miami Beach Handicap (1984)
My Charmer Handicap (1984, 1986)
Delaware Handicap (1986)
John A. Morris Handicap (1986)
Carry Back Stakes (1986)
Tropical Turf Handicap (1986)
Alabama Derby (1987)
Arlington Classic (1987
Illinois Derby (1987)
Ohio Derby (1987)
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (1988)
Miami Mile Handicap (1991)
Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (1971)
Leading jockey at Calder Race Course (1973, 1976)
Significant horses
Lost Code, Run The Gantlet

Gene St. Leon (born c. 1954 in Topeka, Kansas) is a retired Champion jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing.

In 1971 he was among the recipients of the newly created Eclipse Award program when he was voted that year's Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. He was inducted in Calder Race Course Hall of Fame in 1995. During his career he won a record 1,310 races at Calder, a record that stood until it was broken in June of 2009 by Eduardo Nunez. St. Leon still holds the Calder record for stakes race wins at 73. [1]

On February 7, 1976, St. Leon rode Toonerville to a world record time of 1:51 2/5 for one and three sixteenth miles on turf in winning the second division of the Bougainvillea Handicap at Hialeah Park Race Track. [2]

Gene St. Leon retired from race riding in 1989. He made brief comebacks in 1991 and 1999.



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