From track report
In honor of the 25th anniversary of his Triple Crown triumph aboard Affirmed, Turfway Park will be giving away commemorative Steve Cauthen bobbleheads to the first 7,000 patrons with paid admission on Lane's End Stakes Day, March 22.
The bobblehead will feature Cauthen in the famous pink and black Harbor View Farm silks he wore to victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.
Cauthen, the son of a horse trainer and a blacksmith, grew up wanting to be a jockey and in 1976, just 11 days after his 16th birthday, he rode his first race at Churchill Downs. He would finish his first year with 240 victories, at the time a record for an apprentice jockey. In 1977, he again set records by winning 487 races and earning over $6 million in purses.
For these accomplishments he earned three Eclipse Awards: one for champion jockey, one for champion apprentice jockey, and the third, the prestigious Award of Merit. He was also named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, the Seagram Seven Crowns of Sport Award as the year's top professional athlete, and Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year.
In 1978, at the age of 18, he became the youngest jockey to win the Triple Crown with Affirmed. From 1979 to 1993, Cauthen rode primarily in Europe where he was England's champion jockey three times in 1984, 1985 and 1987. He is the only rider to win five major Derbies: the Kentucky Derby, the Epsom Derby (twice), the French Derby, Irish Derby and Italian Derby. He retired in 1993 and returned to his roots in Northern Kentucky. Today, he runs Dreamfield Farm, a full-scale training and breeding facility.
On Lane's End Stakes Day, the first 7,000 patrons with paid admission will receive a coupon, which can then be redeemed for a bobblehead in the second floor Chalk Room following the fourth race. Also, everyone that has purchased a seat in the Maker's Mark VIP tent will also receive the bobblehead. General Admission on Lane's End Day is $10.