Victor Espinoza is a Mexican jockey who competes in the American Thoroughbred horse racing. In 2015, Espinoza became the first Hispanic and oldest jockey to achieve the Triple Crown; he achieved the feat on a famous horse named American Pharoah. A three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Victor Espinoza has also won the Preakness Stakes on three occasions.
Irish jockey Rachael Blackmore scripted history as the first female winner of Britain’s Grand National horse race. Born to a dairy farmer, she was raised on a farm and spent her childhood riding ponies. She turned a professional jockey in 2015. She was also the first female leading jockey at Cheltenham.
Ron Turcotte is a Canadian former race horse jockey. He is best known for winning the US Triple Crown in 1973, riding the famous American thoroughbred racehorse, Secretariat. In 1979, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 1980, Ron Turcotte was elected as a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Lester Piggott is an English former jockey. Piggott has 4,493 career wins under his belt and is considered one of the greatest jockeys of all time. In 1999, Piggott was ranked second in the top 50 jockeys of the 20th century list published by the Racing Post. In 2021, Piggott was inducted into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame.
French Canadian jockey Lucien Laurin is best remembered for training the American Thoroughbred Secretariat to earn the 1973 Triple Crown championship and also win two Horse of the Year titles. Although known for his mercurial temper and his habit of yelling, he was also a perfectionist.