Longtime Fair Grounds jockey and Louisiana native
Elvis Joseph “E.J.” Perrodin, also known to friends and fans as Tee-Joe,
announced his retirement from the saddle earlier this week.
Photo: Stacy Edwards
55, rode six winners on a single program at Fair Grounds on Nov. 18,
1979, and won 3,083 races during his career. He was listed to
ride Michael Collins’ The Reverend James for his brother-in-law trainer
Pat Mouton in Friday’s third race but took off that mount when announcing his retirement.
JOCKEY JIMMY GEORGE’S FAMILY CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF 5-WIN DAY
On Feb. 4, 1942, Fair Grounds-based jockey Jimmy George
rode five winners on a single program at the New Orleans
oval, and on Feb. 4, 2012, 22 members of his family and friends returned
to Fair Grounds from their home in Cincinnati, Ohio, to celebrate his
athletic achievement 70 years after it happened.
Although the jockey retired from the saddle in 1949 and died a number of years ago, his sons
John and Tim, as well as his 78-year-old brother
headed the large family group that flew down to New Orleans to commemorate the banner day.
never wanted my brother or me to grow up on the racetrack so he kept us
away from it as kids,” said John George. “He wanted us to go to
college and find something else to do with our lives, but we both love
going to the races here and back home at River Downs, Churchill and
Keeneland. In fact, when I was a kid, I used to help
Gaston Galjour install TVs around the plant at Keeneland.”
of Galjour Electronics and a member of Fair Grounds’ Press Box Hall of
Fame from his years of service at Fair Grounds, also was responsible
for the television systems at River Downs and Keeneland.
After retiring from the saddle, Jimmy George owned and operated a tavern in
and a large photograph of him holding up the numbers to commemorate the
five wins was placed prominently behind the bar so that patrons would
know of his former career.
Dad had no idea that 70 years later we’d still be celebrating his
achievement,” his son said. “Now, we’re all looking forward to coming
back to Fair Grounds again for the 75th anniversary.”