Stewart Elliott

Stewart Elliott (born March 1, 1965) is an American thoroughbred jockey.

Stewart Elliott
Stewart Elliott at Los Alamitos track 2016 21.jpg
Elliott in 2016
BornMarch 1, 1965
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Career wins5,000 (thru 08/09/2020)
Major racing wins
Melaleuca Stakes (1990)
Demoiselle Stakes (1999)
Arkansas Derby (2004)
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (2004)
Maryland Million Classic (2004)
Remsen Stakes (2004)
Sorority Stakes (2004, 2005)
Tempted Stakes (2004)
Acorn Stakes (2005)
Fantasy Stakes (2005, 2006)
Blue Hen Stakes (2006)
Azeri Breeders' Cup Stakes (2006)
Essex Handicap (2006)
Southwest Stakes (2007)
Affectionately Handicap (2008)
Astoria Stakes (2008)
Long Branch Stakes (2008)
Woodbine Oaks (2009)
Turf Monster Handicap (2013)
Smarty Jones Stakes (Parx Racing) (2013) American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (2004)
Preakness Stakes (2004)
Racing awards
ABC NEWS Person of the Week (2004)
Best Jockey ESPY Award (2004)
Avelino Gomez Memorial Award (2010)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (2017)
Significant horses
Smarty Jones, Round Pond, Teuflesberg,
Milwaukee Appeal

Elliott was born, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in horse racing; his father was a jockey for many years, his mother rode show horses and was a riding instructor, and his uncle owns a racing stable in Canada. At age seven, his family moved to race in Hong Kong, where they remained for six years before going to the United States.[1] Stewart began riding professionally at age 16, mainly at Philadelphia Park Racetrack, a small racetrack in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has been the racetrack's most successful jockey for a number of years and for the past three seasons has been named Pennsylvania's top rider. On May 13, 2003, he reached a prestigious milestone, riding his 3,000th career winner. On January 18, 2009, he won the 4,000th race of his career at Philadelphia Park.

On May 1, 2004, Elliott became the first jockey in twenty-five years to win the Kentucky Derby in his first appearance in the race. His horse, Smarty Jones, became the first unbeaten Derby winner since Seattle Slew in 1977. To add to his victory was Elliott's 10% share of the almost $6 million in purse and bonuses that represented the largest payday for any jockey and horse in racing history. Two weeks later, Elliott rode Smarty Jones to a record-breaking win in the second leg of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, the Preakness Stakes. In the Belmont Stakes, the third leg, Elliott took Smarty Jones out early in the backstretch, and Birdstone passed him late in the race. Some have criticized Elliott's ride, saying he "pushed" the horse too early in the race, but other experts have said: "he was doing the only thing he could do to win the race."[2]

During his breakthrough year in 2004, he won 262 races out of 1,363 mounts with earnings of $14,533,061.

In 2005, he won 143 races out of 860 mounts with earnings of $5,393,661.

On January 11, 2008, Elliott rode four winners on one racecard at Aqueduct Racetrack.

On June 1, 2010, Woodbine Entertainment announced that Elliott had been voted the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award for his contribution to the sport of Thoroughbred racing.[3]

In 2017 Stewart Elliott was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, a prestigious honor voted on by thoroughbred horse racing jockeys in North America. It is given to a jockey who has demonstrated high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack.[4]

On August 9th, 2020, Elliot became the 36th North American jockey to have won more than 5,000 races.

Year-end chartsEdit

Elliott at Los Alamitos Racetrack, 2016
Chart (2001–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2001 76
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2002 70
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2003 66
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2004 5
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2005 35
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006 52
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 38
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 29
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 50
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 40
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 45
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 64
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 75


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved July 5, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Triple Crown is no romp
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  4. ^ Santa Anita Racetrack press release - February 24, 2017