Douglas, who began riding in the U.S. in 1983 after a year and a half of riding in Panama, describes himself as a highly competitive person who is brutally forthright - "Probably the most honest jockey on the racetrack." He has won three riding titles at Calder and Hialeah, and five riding titles at Arlington Park. In 2004, he successfully moved his tack to Southern California and won the 2004 Hollywood Park riding title. He won the 1996 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) aboard Editors Note.
Career wins: 3,427
The fastest I’ve ever driven was: “150 miles per hour. I’m a good driver but I like to test myself; I don’t look for trouble or drive fast as a hobby, but if there are no police around I might speed up real quick just for the rush.”
Another active rider I admire is: “Anyone who provides me with competition. When I see other good jocks, it pushes me to another level. I’m a competitive guy and I look for that special competition, riders like Prado and Velazquez and Desormeaux and Gomez.”
If I could trade careers with any other athlete, I would be: “That’s a good question. I’m not sure. This is a tough sport, though. I’m not sure if I would do it again, but now I’m hooked and I love riding.”
One thing I wish people knew about jockeys: “A lot of people need to know the truth about jocks. They look at us in a different way than reality. They think we ride, make a lot of money, and go home. But it’s not like that. It’s a tough sport. What about the guys that don’t make money? Sure, on TV they make it look beautiful, but it’s not always that way.”
The Best thing about winning this year’s Derby would be: “I don’t know what will happen. It’s something really special when you win; you have no idea what will happen until that moment."