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Jon Court

Jon Court
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Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Birth date November 23, 1960
Career wins 3,000+
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Arkansas Derby (2010)
West Virginia Derby (1998)
All Along Stakes (2001)
Lone Star Derby (2001, 2005)
Silverbulletday Stakes (2002)
Indiana Derby (2002, 2003)
Iowa Derby (2003)
Japan Cup Dirt (2003)
Citation Handicap (2004, 2007)
Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (2004)
Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf (2004, 2005)
Lone Star Park Handicap (2005)
Sport Page Breeders' Cup Handicap (2005)
Buena Vista Handicap (2005)
Turf Paradise Derby (2005, 2008)
Bing Crosby Handicap (2006)
Texas Mile Stakes (2006)
La Habra Stakes (2007)
Providencia Stakes (2007)
Tokyo City Cup (2008)
Turfway Park Fall Championship (2009)
Santa Margarita Handicap (2006)
Frank E. Kilroe (2005)
Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (2007)
Significant horses
Fleetstreet Dancer, Perfect Drift
Leroidesanimaux, Excessivepleasure, Percy Hope, Nite Light

Jon Kenton Court (born November 23, 1960 in Gainesville, Florida) is an American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Having grown up in Florida, Jon Court began riding in Colorado at the now closed Centennial Park in 1980.

He rode in Louisiana for 12 years before moving to Kentucky and Indiana in 1995 where he was a top rider at Hoosier Park from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, he gained his 2,000th win at Kentucky Downs.

In 2001, he rode Percy Hope in the Lone Star Derby, winning, and in the Preakness Stakes, placing 9th. He holds the record for most wins by a jockey (2) in the Lone Star Derby. In 2003, was his big break when he won the Japan Cup Dirt on Fleetstreet Dancer.

In 2004, he moved to California tracks on the advice of trainer Doug O'Neill after winning titles at Ellis Park Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Turfway Park, Kentucky Downs, and Birmingham Racecourse. His 3,000th winner was posted at Santa Anita Park in April 7, 2005, 25 years to the day from his first win.

In 2006, Jon Court was elected secretary of the Jockeys' Guild and is the Guild's representative board member for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) Charities-Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.

In February 2007 he was voted the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. Called "an unfailingly polite man" by ESPN, the Award is voted on by American jockeys and is given to a jockey who demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack.

Court was one of the jockeys featured in the first season of Animal Planet's 2009 reality documentary, Jockeys before he moved his tack back to Kentucky.

On April 10, 2010, Court won the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby aboard Line Of David, giving the horse and its connections enough graded stakes earnings to be entered into the Kentucky Derby.



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