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Steve Cauthen at the 2014 Belmont Stakes
May 1, 1960 |
Covington, Kentucky, U.S.
|Major racing wins|
|Affectionately Handicap (1977)
Busanda Stakes (1977)
Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap (1977)
United States Triple Crown (1978)
United Nations Handicap (1978)
2,000 Guineas (1979)
1,000 Guineas (1980)
Ascot Gold Cup (1984 & 1987)
Epsom Derby (1985 & 1987)
Middle Park Stakes (1983, 1987, 1989, 1992)
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1987)
Epsom Oaks (1985, 1988, 1989)
St. Leger Stakes (1985, 1987, 1989)
Grand Prix de Paris (1987 & 1990)
Prix du Jockey Club (1989)
Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud (1983-1986)
Grosser Preis von Baden (1983 & 1985)
Irish Derby (1989)
Irish Oaks (1988 & 1991)
Derby Italiano (1991)
Gran Premio del Jockey Club (1984)
|United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1977)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (1977)
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (1977)
Eclipse Award of Merit (1977)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1984)
British Champion Jockey (1984, 1985, 1987)
|Associated Press Athlete of the Year (1977)
Sports Illustrated - Sportsman of the Year (1977)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1994)
|Affirmed, Old Vic, Gold and Ivory, Triptych, Pebbles, Oh So Sharp, Slip Anchor, Reference Point, Saumarez, Never So Bold, Indian Skimmer|
Steve Cauthen (born May 1, 1960) is an American jockey who is now retired. In 1977 he became the first jockey to earn over $6 million dollars in a year. The following year, he became the youngest jockey to win the U. S. Triple Crown. Cauthen was the only jockey ever named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. After riding for a few years in the United States, he began racing in Europe, where his career is acknowledged "one of the greatest in horse racing history." He is the only jockey to have won both the Kentucky Derby and the Epsom Derby, and is considered one of the greatest jockeys of the 20th century.
His rise to prominence was meteoric; he was the nation's leader in race wins in 1977 with 487. In only his second year of riding, he became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season, passing that mark in December 1977 on a three-year-old filly called Little Happiness in the sixth race at Aqueduct Racetrack. After that, he was called "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Stevie Wonder." 
In 1978 he became the youngest jockey to ever win the U. S. Triple Crown, riding Affirmed, and he was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. For 37 years he held the distinction of being the last jockey to sweep all legs of the Triple Crown until Victor Espinoza won the Triple Crown with American Pharoah in 2015.
He had increasing problems making the weight and moved to the UK, where jockey weights were higher.
Cauthen was British Champion Jockey three times, and won English classic races ten times, including the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby twice, and the St Leger three times. In 1985 he won three Classics riding Oh So Sharp. In 1989 he rode European Horse of the Year Old Vic to victory in the French Derby and the Irish Derby. In 1991 he won the Italian Derby on Hailsham.
After he finished his riding career, he returned to Kentucky and bought a stud farm.
In 1984, Cauthen received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1994. In 1999, the Racing Post ranked Cauthen as eighth in their list of the Top 50 jockeys of the 20th century.
He is married to Amy and they have three daughters.
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