Jorge Ricardo.......2nd Jockey by number of wins in the World !
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Jorge Ricardo.
Photo & copyright by Nick HigginsBrazil's equivalent of Laffit Pincay is the 2nd winningmost jockey in the world !

Most of us have heard of Pincay, Shoemaker & Day and yet Jorge at 43 (born on 30/9/61) has plenty of time to over-take Shoemaker.

On the weekend of 13-14th of October, 2001, Jorge passed the magical figure of 8,000 wins. To 20/04/03, he had won 8,669 races from about 36,500 rides (24%) and by October'04 he had surpassed Shoemaker

This means that at present, Jorge is the rider with the most wins currently riding with the table standijng as follows:

LEADING RIDERS OF ALL TIME
(to 9.03.2004)

  • Laffit Pincay Jnr---9,530 wins
  • Jorge Ricardo--9,000+ wins
  • Willie Shoemaker--8,833 wins
  • Pat Day---8,612 wins
  • Russel Baze--8,503 wins

    To pass Pincay's record Jorge needs to ride until about September 2007. I calculate that at his present rate, were Jorge to retire on his 50th birthday, he will have ridden around 10,700 winners.....amazing!

    From whatever angle you look at, Jorge's career has been extremely impressive. His annual win/place/rides total reads like a Rio phone number,400-613-1421.

    It is also worth considering that the Brazilian has won more races than a lot of senior jockeys have ever ridden in !
    Jorge's annual win total is also more than some jockeys manage to obtain in a lifetime !

    His record is all the more impressive when one considers that all but 151 of his victories have been at his local track in Rio de Janeiro, the Gavea racecourse.

    Gavea stages 208 race days throughout the year on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays which means that Jorge is averaging a double on every card throughout the year!
    In these races there are 80 other jockeys & apprentices that Jorge rides against at Gavea and in 1999 his mounts earned 2.4million Brazilian Cruzeiros---jockeys getting 10% in Brazil.

    Jorge's father, Antonio Alfredo (konwn as "Banana"), & two uncles also used to be jockeys in the 1960's & 70's and Jorge followed them into the winners' circle in 1976.
    Only six weeks into his apprenticeship after gaining his license on 11/11/76, he had already posted 17 wins & 31 places from 74 rides (23%). He progressed so rapidly that 7 months later he became a jockey on 19/6/77.

    Since then, in 27 seasons, he has won 24 Brazilian Championships on the trot since 1982 and posted a 25%+ winning percentage in 14 of these seasons, 5 of them being over 30%
    His best year was 1992/93 with 477 winners and in 1998 he posted the most rides, 1,612.

    Jorge has even ridden in the Arc de Triomphe in the mid 1990's but his mount finished unplaced. Elsewhere outside Rio & abroad, he has ridden in the following places with 151 winners as follows:

  • Campos, 68
  • Sao Paulo, 41
  • Porto Alegre, 17
  • Sao Vicente, 3
  • Curitiba, 5
  • Argentina, 8
  • Uruguay, 5
  • Chile, 1
  • Peru, 1
  • USA, 0
  • France, 0

    For the future, Jorge envisages riding for quite a while yet and horses will definitely still feature in his daily life.
    If not, there are always his two children, Jorge Antonio Jnr and Nicole Garcia who may continue the family tradition.

    Jorge Antonio Ricardo

    Biography & Statistics kindly donated by Bertrand.J.Kauffmann at the Brazilian Jockey Club.

    For the latest stats go to The Brazilian JC Stats

    Year Period Wins Places Mounts % Wins Rank
    1976 16/11--31/12 17 31 74 23% 30th
    1977 1/1--31/12 114 438 862 13% 4th
    1978 1/1--31/12 161 614 1,188 14% 3rd
    1979 1/1--31/12 184 638 1,234 15% 2nd
    1980 1/1--31/12 232 703 1,335 17% 2nd
    1981 1/1--31/12 257 662 1,232 21% 2nd
    1982 1/1--31-12 257 709 1,274 20% 1st
    1983 1/1--31/12 258 602 1,166 22% 1st
    1984 1/1--31/12 323 690 1,264 26% 1st
    1985 1/1--31/12 296 647 1,139 26% 1st
    1986* 1/1--30-6* 181 345 611 30% 1st
    1986/7 1/7--30/6 338 785 1,333 25% 1st
    1987/8 1/7--30/6 317 667 1,375 23% 1st
    1988/9 1/7--30/6 361 766 1,375 26% 1st
    1989/90 1/7--30/6 301 523 976 31% 1st
    1990/1 1/7--30/6 381 742 1,334 29% 1st
    1991/2 1/7--30/6 410 613 1,341 31% 1st
    1992/3 1/7--30/6 477 838 1,511 32% 1st
    1993/4 1/7--30/6 360 734 1,309 28% 1st
    1994/5 1/7--30/6 451 836 1,421 32% 1st
    1995/6 1/7--30/6 421 769 1,455 29% 1st
    1996/7 1/7--30/6 378 821 1,596 24% 1st
    1997/8 1/7--30/6 400 731 1,524 26% 1st
    1998/9 1/7--30/6 375 754 1,612 23% 1st
    1999/00 1/7--30/6 238 585 1,329 18% 1st
    2000/01 1/7--30/06 283 671 1,401 20% 1st
    2001/02 1/7--30/06/02 274 675 1,424 19% 1st
    2002/03 1/7--30/06/03 276 717 1,467 19% 1st
    2003/04 1/7--09/03/04 199 431 924 22% 1st
    Total =>09/03/04 8,669 18,737 36,086 24% --


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