JockeyTalk360 Awards inaugurated the awards last year with its Comeback Jockey and Breakthrough Jockey, the latter renamed for 2016 after starting out as Most Improved Jockey. New this year is the Turf Jockey award to honor superlative riders on grass. The awards recognize outstanding performers who are members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization representing more than 950 riders in North America.

A panel of representatives from America’s Best Racing, The Daily Racing Form, Equibase, Horse Racing Nation, The Jockeys’ Guild, The Paulick Report, The Thoroughbred Daily News, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, National Turf Writers and Broadcasters, Thoroughbred Racing Associations, and Turf Publicists of America determined the winners.

Breakthrough Jockey of the Year

Comeback Jockey of the Year

Turf Jockey of the Year

Jockey Awards

Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey

Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey

George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award

Mike Venezia Memorial Award

ESPY Award for Best Jockey

Bill Shoemaker Award