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Best Jockey ESPY Award

The Best Jockey ESPY Award, known alternatively as the Jockey of the Year ESPY Award, has been presented annually since 1994 to the thoroughbred horse racing jockey, irrespective of nationality or gender, adjudged to be the best of those riding in the United States in a given calendar year.

Between 1994 and 2004, the award voting panel comprised variously fans; sportswriters and broadcasters, sports executives, and retired sportspersons, termed collectively experts; and ESPN personalities, but balloting thereafter has been exclusively by fans over the Internet from amongst choices selected by the ESPN Select Nominating Committee.

Through the 2001 iteration of the ESPY Awards, ceremonies were conducted in February of each year to honor achievements over the previous calendar year; awards presented thereafter are conferred in June and reflect performance from the June previous.[1]

List of winners

Year Jockey Principal nation
of citizenship
1994 Mike E. Smith 23x15px United States
1995 Chris McCarron 23x15px United States
1996 Jerry Bailey 23x15px United States
1997 Jerry Bailey 23x15px United States
1998 Gary Stevens 23x15px United States
1999 Kent Desormeaux 23x15px United States
2000 Chris Antley 23x15px United States
2001 Kent Desormeaux 23x15px United States
2002 Victor Espinoza 23x15px Mexico
2003 José Santos 23x15px Chile
2004 Stewart Elliott 23x15px Canada
2005 Jeremy Rose 23x15px United States
2006 Edgar Prado 23x15px Peru
2007 Calvin Borel 23x15px United States
2008 Kent Desormeaux 23x15px United States
2009 Calvin Borel 23x15px United States
2010 Calvin Borel 23x15px United States
2011 John Velazquez 23x15px United States
(23x15px Puerto Rico)
2012 Mario Gutierrez 23x15px Mexico
2013 Joel Rosario 23x15px Dominican Republic
2014 Victor Espinoza 23x15px Mexico

See also


  1. Because of the rescheduling of the ESPY Awards ceremony, the award presented in 2002 was given in consideration of performance between February 2001 and June 2002.