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“EDDIE D.” COLLECTIBLE ITEM AVAILABLE TO FIRST 5,000 FANS ON OPENING DAY, SEPT. 28, RIDING LEGEND TO BE ON-HAND TO SIGN MEMORABILIA PRIOR TO RACES
ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 10, 1012)—Retired Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye will be honored with the inaugural “Eddie D Stakes” on opening day of Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet on Sept. 28, and the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a beautiful collector’s item booklet entitled “Eddie D. Career Highlights,” which is replete with color photos of the great Delahoussaye taken throughout his remarkable career. Delahoussaye will be on hand to sign memorabilia from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
“Eddie D. was one of the greatest jockeys to ever compete here at Santa Anita and he remains one of the most popular riders with our fans, to this day,” said Santa Anita CEO Mark Verge. “It’s a great privilege for us to not only name our opening day stakes race for him, but to be able to share with our fans some great photos of Eddie that were taken over a period of many years.
“When you think of Eddie D., you think of class, dignity and everything that is right about this great sport. He’s not only one of our all-time greatest jockeys, he’s one of our all-time greatest people and we look forward to welcoming him and his family and friends here on opening day.”
Delahoussaye’s 34-year career came to an end due to injuries in Jan., 2003. He retired as the 12th winningest jockey of all-time, with 6,384 wins and sixth all-time in career purse money-won with $195,881,170.
Following Delahoussaye’s retirement, Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron had this to say: “…Nobody in modern racing history, say in the last 50 years or so, had a cooler style or attitude than Eddie. He never lost his composure, whether it was on the track or in the jocks’ room. Prior to a race, you could not tell from watching his preparation whether it was a Grade I or a cheap claimer.”
A winner of back-to-back Kentucky Derbies, winning in 1982 with Gato del Sol and in ’83 with Sunny’s Halo, Delahoussaye won seven Breeders’ Cup races, including the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Classic with A.P. Indy, who he considers to be the best horse he ever rode.
America’s leading rider in 1978 with 384 wins, Delahoussaye was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1994. A native of New Iberia, Louisiana, he is also a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. A highly sought after and dominant racing figure, he amassed riding titles at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Keeneland, Arlington Park, Churchill Downs, Del Mar, Hollywood Park and Santa Anita.
First post time on opening day is 1 p.m. For more information on Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet and the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 2 & 3, visit www.santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE.