Cowboy Jones Becomes Oldest Jockey to Win at Ellis Park

When Jarrett won the first race at Ellis Park today, Robert A. "Cowboy" Jones became the oldest jockey to ever win a race at the Western Kentucky track.

The 61-year-old rider may also be the oldest active jockey currently in North America, though that is a hard thing to immediately verify.

The oldest jockey to ever win a race in Kentucky was Tommy "Fightin" Guyton, who won a race at Turfway Park at age 68.

Jones broke his leg last year and was unable to ride at the Ellis meet. That didn't stop the track from having a Cowboy Jones bobblehead giveaway. Despite having his leg in a cast, Jones rode down the stretch that day. He began galloping horses again last November.

Jarrett, who was racing for a $4,000 claiming tag, is trained by Larry Jones and owned by Jones and his wife, Cindy. He won the race today by 10 1/2 lengths.

Cowboy Jones is an Ellis Park legend. He was the track's leading rider in 1963, 1969, and 1972.