Delahoussaye Wins Laffit Pincay Jr. Award
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 6/27/2013 12:08:54 PM
Last Updated: 6/28/2013 6:15:39 PM

Eddie Delahoussaye
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye will be presented the 10th annual Laffit Pincay Jr. Award during the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) program July 6 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Pincay, a member of racing's Hall of Fame since 1975, will make the presentation between the fifth and sixth races.

The Pincay Award is presented yearly to someone who has served the sport with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination, and distinction.

"Eddie is one of the very best jockeys I ever rode against and he was definitely the best I faced on horses that came from behind,'' said Pincay in a release. "If you heard him coming during a race, you knew you were in big trouble.

"He's a very low-key guy who has always handled things the right way and that's something I continue to admire about him.''

A native of New Iberia, La., Delahoussaye won 6,384 racesmaking him one of 17 jockeys with at least 6,000 winsduring a career that spanned all or part of five decades, ending with his retirement in January 2003.

Nearly a quarter of those victories came at Hollywood Park. Delahoussaye ranks fifth on the all-time list at the historic track with 1,535 wins. He is fourth with 170 stakes successes, including three Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) victories Go West Young Man (1980), Island Whirl (1983), and Desert Wine (1984).

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1993, Delahoussaye won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) in consecutive years on Gato Del Sol in 1982 and Sunny's Halo in 1983. He also captured the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) twice, with Risen Star (1988) and A.P. Indy (1992), and the 1988 Preakness Stakes (gr. I) with Risen Star.

A member of the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Delahoussaye also won seven Breeders' Cup World Championship events, including the Distaff (gr. I) with Princess Rooney in the inaugural Breeders' Cup in 1984 at Hollywood Park.

Still active in racing as an owner-breeder and bloodstock advisor, Delahoussaye is a director on the board of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation, a non-profit organization established in 1998 to develop programs to benefit and enhance the quality of life of California's backstretch workers and their families.



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