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Q: The first time this jockey ever competed in a race in the United States, he won at Keeneland Race Course. He was the leading money winner in American racing for five consecutive years, won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and was twice the winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. He won the Kentucky Derby, the Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Oaks, the Wood Memorial and the Canadian International Stakes, just to name a few of his major stakes victories. He was also the jockey aboard Foolish Pleasure in the tragic 1975 match race against the great 3-year-old filly Ruffian, who had to be euthanized after she pulled up during the race with a broken front ankle. Who is this Hall of Fame jockey?
A) Laffit Pincay, Jr.
B) Angel Cordero, Jr.
C) Braulio Baeza
D) Jacinto Vasquez
Answer: C) Braulio Baeza. He began racing in 1955 and in 1960, at the urging of agent Camilo Marin, moved to compete in the United States, where at the Keeneland Race Course he won the very first race he competed in.
Braulio Baeza’s success in America was instantaneous. He was the leading money winner in American racing from 1965 to 1969, the 1968 winner of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and the 1972 and 1975 winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. During his career, he rode a number of Thoroughbred greats, including Buckpasser, Graustark, Dr. Fager, and Ack Ack. In 1961 he won his first Belmont Stakes. Two years later he rode to his first Kentucky Derby victory on Chateaugay as well as for his second Belmont Stakes win. In 1969 he won the Belmont for the third time on board future Hall of Famer, Arts and Letters.
In 1972 Baeza travelled to York Racecourse in England, where he rode Roberto to victory over the previously unbeaten Brigadier Gerard in the inaugural Benson & Hedges Gold Cup. That same year he went to Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Canada, where he won the prestigious Canadian International Stakes. Baeza was the jockey aboard Foolish Pleasure in the tragic 1975 match race against the great 3-year-old filly Ruffian, who had to be euthanized after she pulled up during the race with a broken front ankle.
Braulio Baeza retired in 1976 after having won 3,140 races in the United States. He was inducted that same year into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.