"Ray" Broussard was born in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, home to a large number of persons of Acadian ancestry and an area that would produce a number of other Cajun jockeys including Eddie Delahoussaye, Randy Romero, Shane Sellers, and Ray Sibille. 
Like all jockeys from the Bayou country, Broussard began riding at unregulated local Bush tracks. His skills led to a career as a professional jockey, becoming a leading rider at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans who would induct him in their Hall of Fame. Broussard won important stakes races at a number of American racetracks in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York as well as in Toronto, Canada.
In the late 1950s, Ray Broussard was the principal rider for the noted Louisiana stable owners Joe and Dorothy Brown, most notably aboard their colt Tenacious with whom he won back-to-back editions of the Louisiana and New Orleans Handicaps in 1958 and 1959. Broussard also competed in all three of the U.S. Triple Crown races. His best results came in 1970 when, after winning the Flamingo Stakes  and Florida Derby  aboard the colt, My Dad George, he finished second in both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
Following his retirement from racing, Broussard made his home in Abbeville, Louisiana. In 1983 he was inducted in the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.  After a long illness, he died in 1993 in Bossier City, Louisiana at age fifty-six.  His four wins in the New Orleans Handicap is a record that through 2009 has not be equaled.
- ↑ February 18, 1993 Ocala Star-Banner article on "Bayou Country" jockeys
- ↑ March 3, 1970 Ocala Star-Banner article on My Dad George and Ray Broussard
- ↑ March 29, 1970 Pittsburgh Press article on the Ray Brossard winning the Florida Derby
- ↑ Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
- ↑ Ray Broussard Obituary published October 11, 1993 in The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana