Larry Melancon

Larry J. Melancon (born August 7, 1955 in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana) is an American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing who rides primarily on the Kentucky-Arkansas circuit.

Larry Melancon
OccupationJockey
BornAugust 7, 1955
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. U.S.
Career winsongoing
Major racing wins
Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (1972)
Louisville Handicap (1977)
Ben Ali Handicap (1982)
Edgewood Stakes
(1984, 2000, 2001, 2003)
Blue Grass Stakes (1986)
Oklahoma Derby (1994)
Calder Derby (1995)
Pennsylvania Derby (1995)
Lone Star Park Handicap (1997)
Rebel Stakes (1997)
New Orleans Handicap (1998)
Black Gold Stakes (2000)
Louisiana Handicap (2000, 2002)
Mardi Gras Stakes (2000, 2001)
Arlington Matron Stakes (2001)
Hillsborough Stakes (2001)
Stephen Foster Handicap (2001)
Kentucky Cup Classic Stakes (2001)
Washington Park Handicap (2001)
Lexington Stakes (2001)
San Antonio Handicap (2001)
Delaware Oaks (2002)
Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (2002)
Mineshaft Handicap (2005)
American Derby (2006)
Kentucky Cup Distaff Stakes (2005)
Gardenia Handicap (1990, 2007, 2009)
Phoenix Stakes (2007)
Racing awards
United States Champion Apprentice Jockey by wins (1972)
Significant horses
Gallant Bob, Phantom On Tour, Guided Tour, Wanderin Boy

Melancon (pronounced Ma-lawn-son) began racing horses at age nine at local bush tracks and at age sixteen obtained his jockeys license. He rode his first winner on September 28, 1971 at Jefferson Downs Race Track in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner, Louisiana. The following year he won one hundred and eighty two races, the most of any apprentice jockey in the United States.

During his long career, Larry Melancon has won numerous Graded stakes races and of his four appearances in the Kentucky Derby, his top result was a fourth in 1976 aboard Amano.

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