Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Jockey Court Hopes to Emulate Stevens with Classic Win

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Veteran rider Jon Court has been a mainstay on both the Kentucky circuit and at Oaklawn Park for several years. During that time, Court has racked up 3,774 victories, with major wins coming in such races as the G1 Arkansas Derby and Japan Cup Dirt (Jpn-I).

In her latest column in the Louisville Courier-Journal, Jennie Rees profiles Court, who at age 52 will be gunning for his first classic victory when he rides Will Take Charge in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes.

While Court hopes to emulate fellow journeyman jockey Gary Stevens, 50, who won the Preakness Stakes three weeks ago, he bristles at being called old. “I get a little annoyed that people put a stigma on my age,” Court said in the Courier-Journal. “I just feel better than most people my age, apparently. Without question I’m in better shape. I feel very vibrant, alert. I feel my athletic skills are as good or better than they’ve ever been.”

Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal

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  • Beach

    Re: any age comments, I don’t see it as “stigma”, I see it as admiration, so why get annoyed with it? I’m 7 years younger than Jon Court, and I couldn’t do what he does. No pun intended, just enjoy the ride. :-)

  • nu-fan

    Some employers are facing some difficulties in filling the positions left vacant by those very experienced who are retiring. Why are these people retiring? Is there an expiration date on their usefulness? No. I admire those who stay vibrant and active–and useful! Bravo to Mr. Court in reexamining the silliness of thinking that one needs to retire at that artificial date set too many years ago when people had much shorter life spans. I wish he and Gary Stevens luck in the Belmont. And, for those younger jockeys: These two jockeys are doing some trailblazing for the younger set as well. They will not have to view their careers as a short-term one. They, too, may be able to ride longer because of the decisions made by Court and Stevens.

  • forthegood

    Jon Court has stayed the course and has done so with integrity and class. Wishing continued success for him and, always, a safe ride!

  • Delrene

    I have always admired Jon Court and his expertise as a jockey. Good Luck on Saturday and continued success in your chosen career. Age is just a number!!

  • Don Reed

    We witnessed JC at Delmar. What courage we displayed.

  • bluespur

    Keep up the good work and inspiring outlook, best on Saturday.

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