Christopher John "Chris" McCarron
(b. March 27, 1955, Boston, Massachusetts
) is an American thoroughbred horse racing
Hall of Fame retired jockey
. He is currently working as a racing analyst for TVG Network
He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron. Chris McCarron began riding professionally in 1974 at East Coast
racetracks where he won the 1974 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey
in the United States.
He moved to race in California
in 1977, a year he scored his first of three wins in the Kentucky Oaks
. In 1980 won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey
as best overall jockey and that same year his peers voted him the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award
. In 1991, he was voted the Mike Venezia Memorial Award
for "extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship".
McCarron won nine Breeders' Cup
races, including five Breeders' Cup Classics
, and rode six winners in the U.S. Triple Crown Races
In 1989 Chris McCarron was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
. After twenty-eight years in racing he retired in June 2002. He finished as thoroughbred racing's all-time leader in purse earnings with more than $264 million in winnings.
In 2003, McCarron served as a technical advisor, racing designer and actor
in the 2003 film Seabiscuit
. That same year he was hired by Magna Entertainment Corp.
to serve as Vice President and General Manager of Santa Anita Park
. After... Read More