Nationality: United States Executive summary: Winner of 1978 Triple Crown. They jousted down the stretch, and Alydar got a head up. At the wire Cauthen and Affirmed bested their glorious rival by a mere four inches, and Cauthen became the youngest jockey ever to win the Triple Crown. They went racing together. That’s how it was back then in Texas. "It's for two great charities and my daughters can see me ride.". Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (1977) And Cauthen won the Irish, French and Italian Derbys too. He didn’t think it did, but that didn’t stop them taking him off his horse. “My dad was born in Texas, a little town called Muleshoe. “Then we won the Futurity, and then Alydar beat me in the Champagne Stakes [at Belmont Park]. Before he left, he said he wanted to ask me a favour. They say the higher you climb, the farther you fall. “Angel Cordero in the States was tough, always looking for a way to get your horse beat.” And in Europe he mentioned Lester Piggott of course, and also Pat Eddery. Steve Cauthen was born and raised in Kentucky, but, when he speaks, it’s a voice that makes people take notice. Eclipse Award of Merit (1977) Born: 1-May-1960 Birthplace ... orientation: Straight Occupation: Jockey. Horse Jockey. the subject of considerable media interest. , After he finished his riding career, he returned to Kentucky and bought a stud farm. Then a few days later he won the Oaks on Oh So Sharp. Cauthen won three races on the bounce, and he was off. Epsom Derby (1985, 1987) Cauthen recalls a hairy drive to Nottingham one day, when they entrusted him to drive their big new Mercedes. It can be slightly whiny, drawn out, at times even a little irritating. I was excited, nervous, not worried about it.”. He, like his greatest mount Affirmed, will be forever linked to the sequence of titanic battles of heart and speed with Alydar over three decades removed. Cauthen found a spot on the outside in third, Alydar was wide and out of his ground. British Champion Jockey (1984, 1985, 1987) https://local12.com/news/local/local-guy-was-youngest-triple-crown-winner He was special.” They were both special, and they were special years, Cecil in his prime, a glamorous pairing, picking up prestige races all over the place.There was another Derby with Reference Point. They were already halfway through the meet, but I finished runner-up in the standings there.” The young kid from Kentucky managed to rack up 240 winners in 1976, the first year he rode races. In 1977 he became the first jockey to win over $6 million in a year working with agent Lenny Goodman, and in 1978 he became the youngest jockey to win the U. S. Triple Crown. “Hey, I was just happy to have my first ride in a classic race. Most Popular #162379. Cauthen enjoys grooming the horses and trims their hooves as needed, a skill learned from his late father Tex, a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. When Steve Cauthen unleashed Affirmed at the top of the stretch, it was as good as over. I thought we could win the Derby.”. Steve Cauthen at Churchill Downs, November 2019. In 1977, Steve Cauthen rode over 2,000 races and won 487 of them. The High Hope Steeplechase is a nonprofit volunteer organization based in Lexington, Ky., whose proceeds support Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. I sat down with him recently and listened to him talk. At age 17 he was a sensation, at the top of his profession, and able to purchase a 300-acre ranch near his … He had already beaten Affirmed twice at Belmont Park. St. Leger Stakes (1985, 1987, 1989) He fought back, closed inch by inch, both riders reaching deep into their horses’ souls. First Name Steve. After being vouched for by other racetrackers, Cauthen’s license was obtained, and it wasn’t long before he donned silks. And then, at the age of 32, he decided to stop climbing. He was featured in Sports Illustrated, more than a jockey, a face of the times, featured on the cover of Time magazine, named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year – the only jockey ever to win the accolade. And it was. And it stung. In 1977, along with being the nation's leader in wins with 487, Cauthen also became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season. One of his daughters is Kelsey Cauthen. This earned him not only a cover and Sportsman of the Year title from Sports Illustrated Affirmed cruised to an easy lead in the Belmont. Taurus. Steve Cauthen was born May 1, 1960 in Covington, Kentucky. The bettors made him favorite to do it again. Affirmed and Cauthen went out west in their Derby preparation, winning both the San Felipe and Santa Anita Derby while Alydar raced in the east winning the Florida Derby and Bluegrass Sakes. He did win the Epsom Derby on Slip Anchor, seven years after winning the Kentucky one, still the only man to do so. So was Alydar. They put me up in their house until I eventually got my own place. The property has 100 acres designed for horses, 40 stalls and another 200 acres of farmland. After feeding the dogs and catching up on some news, Cauthen walks to the barn by 7:00 a.m. With eight to 12 horses on site at any given time, Cauthen has one employee for all-around chores. Horse Jockeys. The horse stood in the winner’s enclosure with the young rider in pink and black silks, and a blanket of red roses was laid across them. Marriage and family brought Cauthen's illustrious riding career to a close in 1992. 2,000 Guineas (1979) Irish Oaks (1988, 1991) The median price of a home in Kentucky at that time was a little under $60,000. The couple's three grown daughters are pursuing their mother's passion for dance and fashion despite their early interest in riding. A half-mile in 50 was slow for horses of their calibre. He stopped racing horses for fortune and fame, laid down his champagne glass, and he took his young wife, Amy, carrying the first of their three daughters, and returned to Kentucky – the ‘land of meadows’ in the Iroquois language. He rode his first race on May 12, 1976 at Churchill Downs; he finished last, riding King of Swat. Four decades removed from his sensational jockey career, Steve Cauthen lives the life of a typical Thoroughbred insider in his hometown of Verona in Northern Kentucky. New to the Paulick Report? Gender: Male Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Jockey. He ended up riding over a hundred winners at River Downs over the next couple of months. He was in New York for the winter and had top agent Lenny Goodman now. “I looked about ten and was skinny as a rake. Steve Cauthen Popularity . He got bloodstock agent Billy McDonald to ask the kid who had grown from five foot one to five foot six by now, and was filling his frame, whether he might consider Europe. “It was cool, but it got me drinking … by the end of the year I was in a drying out joint,” he says chuckling (he is teetotal now). He rode another the next day, for his mother on a horse raised at the family farm. They ran all the way from the quarter pole to the wire.” The score stood Alydar one, Affirmed two. The great Steve Cauthen was a winner again this month, this time as an owner (co-owner to be precise) when Palace Avenger won an allowance race on the opening day at Saratoga on July 16. Belmont Stakes (1978), United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1977) Within two months he'd won 120 races. The following year Affirmed and Cauthen won the Santa Anita Derby and the Hollywood Derby in California, and then they headed back to Kentucky, to Run for the Roses, to go head to head with Alydar once again. The racing industry rewarded him with Eclipse Awards for both apprentice and outstanding jockey. The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Maryland falls exactly two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. “I go to watch my horses train as often as I can,” he said. I ended up having about 50-odd winners that season.”, “I loved being with Barry and Penny. “More than watching them train, I like to go to the barn to see how they look and how they act.”. “Then I went to Chicago, to Arlington Park. When I was ten or 11, I wanted to be a quarterback, but then all my buddies grew up and I didn’t. He, like his greatest mount Affirmed, will be forever linked to the sequence of titanic battles of heart and speed with Alydar over three decades removed. Cauthen had five 2-year-old fillies in partnerships in 2019 including Churchill Downs fall meet winners Palace Avenger (with trainer Wesley Ward), Miss Imperfection (Kellyn Gorder) and Queen of Verona (John Ortiz). 60 Year Olds. His rise to celebrity status is eloquently chronicled in Pete Axthelm's 1978 book The Kid. Ascot Gold Cup (1984, 1987) And the young man suddenly realized his home state of old-fashioned southern manners was now far behind him. They became like parents to me and treated me like family from the beginning. United Nations Handicap (1978) Or he can have Oh So Sharp, in his hands, cruising around Tattenham Corner, before unleashing her in the Oaks. He said Cauthen will ride for Walmac Farm. “Pat was a natural. Irish Derby (1989) They were together for six years, but then Henry Cecil made him an offer. , He was the nation's leader in race wins in 1977 with 487. “Now that was a long three weeks leading up to the Belmont. Category: Uncategorized. And then in 1990 Sheikh Mohammed made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He raised horses too, he still does, and he owns some and manages some. They were great, Barry Hills with his cigars, Pat Eddery with his large blue eyes. Then I read a book, I Ride to Win by Eddie Arcaro, and that piqued my interest.”. Both horses fought, and they flashed by the wire together. Steve Cauthen Is A Member Of . Perhaps the most important thing that happened that year, though, was Cauthen picking up a spare mount in a 2-year-old stakes at Saratoga on a horse called Affirmed. I am friends with her so trust my answer! His first ride finished just about last, and he rode a few more slow ones before he rode that first winner for his uncle. In 1985 he won three Classics riding Oh So Sharp. Cauthen, the last jockey to ride a Triple Crown winner -- Affirmed in 1978 -- and was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1994, is coming out of a seven-year retirement to ride one more race. but also the nicknames "The Six Million Dollar Man" or "Stevie Wonder." He had noted the young man, was impressed by his politeness when he came across him in California once. His younger brothers Doug and Kerry both gained that parental inspiration and are Central Kentucky-based bloodstock agents. All the while a talented competitor - Calumet Farm's Alydar - was making his own headlines that would challenge them to the upmost limits. Prix du Jockey Club (1989) Steve Cauthen is a retired American jockey. Excelsior Breeders’ Cup Handicap (1977) He says without hesitation that Oh So Sharp was the best he rode in Europe. After he finished his riding career, he returned to Kentucky and bought a stud farm. It was during this meteoric rise that Cauthen was introduced to the horse that would forever define his career - a chestnut two-year-old named Affirmed from the Harbor View Farm Stable of Lou and Patrice Wolfson.