Paulick Report Staff
Various sources reported Tuesday the passing of legendary jockey Manny Ycaza, who died in New York Monday at the age of 80. Relatives said Ycaza battled sepsis and pneumonia over the weekend and was transported to the hospital Sunday night.
He died peacefully surrounded by family, relatives said.
The son of a bus driver, Ycaza was born in Panama in 1938 and began riding professionally there at 14. He also rode in Mexico before coming to the U.S., where he became known as one of the first influential Latin American jockeys.
In his first two years, Ycaza won back-to-back runnings of the prestigious D.C. International, and in 1963 he was hired by prominent Canadian owner E.P. Taylor to ride Canebora in the Queen’s Plate. Ycaza won that race, too.
The following year, Ycaza captured the Belmont Stakes aboard Quadrangle, who thwarted Northern Dancer’s Triple Crown bid.