Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye will be on hand at Santa Anita
on opening day, Friday, Sept. 28, for the inaugural Eddie D Stakes, a
Grade III event at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf formerly run as the
Morvich Stakes. The city of Arcadia will also proclaim Sept. 28 as
“Eddie Delahoussaye Day.”
It couldn’t be a more fitting honor, according to fellow Hall of Fame member Laffit Pincay Jr.
“Eddie was a great rider and a very nice guy to ride against,” said
Pincay, who retired in April of 2003. “He was a very clean rider and
minded his own business. Nothing got him upset. He was a very cool guy
and a fun guy to be around.”
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
Delahoussaye’s 34-year career came to an end due to injuries in
January, 2003. He retired as the 12th winningest jockey of all-time,
with 6,384 and sixth in career purse money with $195,881,170.
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