Jorge Velásquez

Jorge Velásquez (born December 28, 1946 in Chepo, Panama) is a thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey.

Jorge Velasquez career in thoroughbred racing began in his native Panama but as a teenager moved to the United States. In 1967 he won more races than any other American jockey and in 1969 was tops in money-winning.

In 1978 he became nationally famous for being one of the jockeys involved in probably the greatest rivalry in racing history. He finished second aboard Alydar to Affirmed in all three of the 1978 American Triple Crown races, losing by a combined total of less than two lengths. Velasquez and Alydar later achieved a small measure of satisfaction when they beat Affirmed in the 1978 Travers Stakes. In 1981 he rode Pleasant Colony to victory in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes but missed winning the Triple Crown when they finished third to Summing in the Belmont Stakes.

Velasquez won the 1985 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Breeders' Cup Classic. In 1986, he was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by his peers and in 1990 was inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. He retired as a jockey in 1997 having won 6,795 races. He worked as an official in racing and eventually became an agent for other jockeys.

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New York Stakes - Winners
1985 Powder Break 5 Jerry Bailey Luis Olivares Robert Green 203.60 1984 Annie Edge 5 Jorge Velasquez Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 202.20 1983 Sabin 4 Eddie Maple. 1979 La Soufriere 4 Jean Cruguet Eugene Jacobs Herbert Allen 141.20 1978 Late Bloomer 4 Jorge Velasquez John M ...
Pan American Stakes - Winners of The Pan American Handicap Since 1973
... Paulson 1-1/2 232.86 II 1992 Wall Street Dancer 4 Jorge Velasquez Niall M ... Whitney 1-1/2 229.60 I 1982 Robsphere 5 Jorge Velasquez Richard R ... Fretheim 1-1/2 225.20 II 1978 Bowl Game 4 Jorge Velasquez John M ...
Beaugay Stakes - Winners
... Christophe Clement Mohammed Al Maktoum 1 1/16 M 143.20 49,395 1993 Mckaymackenna 4 Jorge Velasquez Rene Araya R Kay Stable 1 1/16 M 144.80 57,240 1992 Christiecat 5 Jean-Luc Samyn Patrick J. 1 1/16 M 146.80 56,520 1991 Summer Secretary 6 Jorge Velasquez H ... Jerkens Bohemia Stable 1 1/16 M 142.00 45,840 1983 Trevita 6 Jorge Velasquez Jonathan E ...
Stymie Handicap - Past Winners
148 3/5 1997 Iron Gavel 7 Julio Pezua 1996 ... More to Tell 5 Jorge Chavez 151 2/5 1995 More to Tell 4 Frank Alvarado 151 3/5 1994 Koluctoo Jimmy Al 4 Jorge Chavez 150 4/5 1993 Two the Twist ... Smith 150 2/5 1990 Its Academic 6 Jorge Velasquez 150 3/5 1989 Its Academic 5 Diane Nelson 151 1/5 1988 King's Swan 8 Jose Santos 151 2/5 1987 Lover's Cross 4 Ruben ... unknown 1972 Canonero II 4 Gustavo Avila 146 1/5 1971 Protanto 4 Jorge Velasquez 202 2/5 1970 Hydrologist 4 Jacinto Vasquez 200 4/5 1969 Chompion 4 Heliodoro Gustines 202 2/5 1968 Grace ...
Winners of The Schuylerville Stakes Since 1947
... Daughter John Velazquez Todd Pletcher Padua Stables 112.14 2001 Touch Love Jorge Chavez Anthony Dutrow Skeedattle Stable 111.12 2000 Gold Mover Craig Perret ... Iracane 110.91 1998 Call Me Up Jorge Chavez Alfredo Callejas Robert Perez 112.89 1997 Countess Diana Shane Sellers Patrick B ... Bwamazon Farm 111.40 1982 Weekend Surprise Jorge Velasquez Del W ...