Born on 17th July, 1981, Djordje started to ride in his home town, Kragujevac, at the age of 13. At first, it was ponies, and there was a special one too, called Rikverc. Hunger for fame grew inside him and he progressed to riding thoroughbreds.
Djordje Perovic was first spotted by the great Yugoslavian jockey, Dragan Gasha Djordjevic. Kragujevac is a small town for someone who wants to make it. But thanks to local owners, Belgrade heard stories about the "talented kid" from Shumadia.
Mr Djordjevic wanted to see the light-weighted boy. So, he went to the racetrack at Shabac, a town in Serbia where horses are as crazy as they can be.
One of them – Spartak - carted the young and weak Perovic twice around the track after the finish of a race. But trainer Djordjevic announced that he wanted natural born fighter Perovic in his team.
Around about this time little Perovic saw Frankie's "Magnificient Seven" at Ascot, but was not aware that he too might one day develop the same style of riding as the Italian.
In the summer of 1997, sixteen-year old Djordje arrived in Belgrade, leaving home and family behind, and started to work hard and learn so he could become similar to his only Yugoslav idol, Szandor Kovacz, the great stable jockey the "Karadjordjevo Stable", winner of the Yugoslavian Derby four times, Yugoslav Cup three times.
Djordje learnt a lot from Hungarian horseracing hero, Pal Kallai, who, at that time, rode for trainers Djordjevic and Dudic. Kallia moulded Perovic's youth, talent and physical abilities into a good rider. He built Djordje a wooden horse and Djordje had to ride it every day, for hours, learning to make miracles with reins and whip.
In 1997, Djordje won his first race in Belgrade, on September 28th in the Handicap III, over 6 furlongs, aboard Eurolink Rascal, a son of Lycius.
Six months later, May, 10th 1998, Djordje suffered a very bad fall. Riding Stella, a daughter of Most Welcome, they stumbled on the last turn.
At first he manged to keep her on her feet but on the second stumble the filly fell and two more horses crashed over them.
Perovic ended in hospital, but was back in the saddle just three weeks later. That year he became apprentice by winning 11 races.
1999 and 2000 were his "take-off" years. He won 37 of 158 races, became a fully-fledged jockey and won his first grade 1 race.
His greatest victories have been gained aboard Catarina Di Medicci in the 1999 Kostolac (Group 1), the 2000 Vladislav Ribnikar Memorial, (Group 2), the Tina (Group 2) and the YU JAT Trial Stakes (Group 1)
In 2001, he became Champion Jockey. He won 32 of 121 races (26 %). Yugoslavia staged 210 races that year which means Djorde was the busiest jockey as he rode in 58% of all races. So to date, in five and a half seasons, Djordje Perovic has won 90 races from 408 rides, riding 121 different horses to date.
Djordje was again Champion jockey in 2002 and 2003.
He has also begun to ride abroad with great success. On April 1st, 2002, he debuted in Austria, at Freudenau. He rode two Yugoslav horses trained by Djordjevic and Dudic, owned by Belgrade's top stable "Pagazus Racing Team", Jumeriah Song and Tickit.
Jumeriah Song was second in the main race of the day but Tickit won his battle. Djordje's decisive ride secured Tickit and its connections the "L'Oreal – Wien – Paris Rennen" by 5 lengths.
Perovic also rode for two Austrian trainers who were thrilled with his services. Subsequently, trainers have been eager to secure Perovic for themselves and he has since ridden in Germany. On his first trip to Munich, he rode a 15.1 hands Yugoslavian filly called Dolce Vita to victory by 1/2 length.
Djorde dreams of riding against top jockeys, riding for Godolphin and riding the best horses. He has met Frankie Dettori, has a picture to prove it, but being best in a small country like Yugoslavia isn't satisfying to him anymore. Europe is his aim. Apart from fulfilling his ambitions, he wants to be the best.
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