Steve Cauthen (born May 1, 1960) is a retired American jockey.
|1000 Guineas (1)|
|Oh So Sharp||Al Bahathri||Bella Colora|
|2000 Guineas (1)|
|Tap On Wood||Kris||Young Generation|
|Slip Anchor||Law Society||Damister|
|Reference Point||Most Welcome||Bellotto|
|Oh So Sharp||Triptych||Dubian|
|Snow Bride||Aliysa||Roseate Tern|
|St Leger (3)|
|Oh So Sharp||Phardante||Lanfranco|
|Reference Point||Mountain Kingdom||Dry Dock|
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. Cauthen is the only jockey ever named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
He was the nation's leader in race wins in 1977 with 487. In only his second year of riding, he became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season, passing that mark in December 1977.
He had increasing problems making the weight and moved to the UK, where jockey weights were higher.
A June 16, 1985 feature story in the New York Times titled "Cauthen's Success Amazes Britain" said "Cauthen was lured to Britain by Robert Sangster." Quoting The Guardian newspaper's Richard Baerlein, a respected racing correspondent for more than 50 years in England, as saying that "He's matured into the perfect jockey." The Times story also reported that "Henry Cecil signed Cauthen to replace Piggott as the main jockey for his powerful stable."
Steve Cauthen was British Champion Jockey three times, and won English classic races ten times, including the 2,000 Guineas, the Derby twice, and the St Leger three times. In 1985 he won three Classics riding Oh So Sharp. In 1989 he rode European Horse of the Year Old Vic to victory in the French Derby and the Irish Derby. In 1991 he won the Italian Derby on Hailsham.
After he finished his riding career, Cauthen returned to Kentucky and bought a stud farm. He participated in Prince Edward of the United Kingdom's 1987 charity television special The Grand Knockout Tournament.
Cauthen and his wife, Amy have three daughters.
- 1,000 Guineas - Oh So Sharp (1985)
- 2,000 Guineas - Tap on Wood (1979)
- Derby - Slip Anchor (1985), Reference Point (1987)
- King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - Reference Point (1987)
- Oaks - Oh So Sharp (1985), Diminuendo (1988), Snow Bride (1989)
- St. Leger - Oh So Sharp (1985), Reference Point (1987), Michelozzo (1989)
- Irish 1,000 Guineas - In the Groove (1990)
- Irish Derby - Old Vic (1989)
- Irish Oaks - Diminuendo (dead heat 1988), Possessive Dancer (1991)
- Irish St. Leger - Mashaallah (1992)
- "Golden Plate Awardees of the American Academy of Achievement". www.achievement.org. American Academy of Achievement.
- "They love Cauthen, 'No great student' is among greats honored at Golden Plate awards" (PDF). The Kentucky Press.
- Strine, Gerald (21 December 1977). "Steve Cauthen". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 October 2020.
- Joe Posnanski. "Zenith and Nadir". NBC Sports. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
- "Steve Cauthen". National Museum of Racing. Retrieved 10 September 2018..
- "Steve Cauthen". Derby Legends. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
- "Steve Cauthen: career profile". Racing Post. Archived from the original on 20 October 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Cauthen's Success Amazes Britain". New York Times, Section 5, page 6. 16 June 1985. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
- Richard Edmondson (6 November 1998). "Racing: Cauthen finds bluegrass is greener". The Independent. Archived from the original on 25 May 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
- "A century of racing - 50 greatest flat jockeys". The Racing Post. 17 May 1999. Retrieved 19 September 2016.