Equestrian Sports Legends

Laffit Pincay Jr.

Pincay Jr. once held a record for most wins in in horse racing, a status he still held for a few more years after his retirement. Most of his competitive races took place in the United States, and in December 1999, Laffit won his 8,834th race, which was held at Hollywood Park Racetrack, CA. This win saw him break the record which had hitherto been held by Willie Shoemaker (although Willie would later surpass him).

In 1984, Laffit Pincay Jr. won Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby aboard Swale. This win with Swalelt was Laffit’s third Belmont victory in a row, having won the competition in the previous two years with different horses: Conquistador Cielo and Caveat. His four Triple Crown victories went in history books as the only occasions when the jockey emerged as a winner in the competition- he was unable to win another Triple Crown on Swale. Neither did he win Preakness Stakes. He became a member of the much-coveted National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Laffit Pincay Jr. retired in April, 2003 with a total of 9,530 career winnings, and he still claims the second slot on all-time list of most wins, only behind Willie Shoemaker.