Perry Ouzts

‘Tougher Than A Nickel Steak’: Ouzts Recuperating From Shoulder Surgery, But He’ll Be Back

The seventh-winningest jockey in Thoroughbred racing with 7,065 wins to his name, Perry Wayne Ouzts has long been a familiar face on the southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky racing circuits. At 65 years young, Ouzts has been temporarily sidelined by injury, but his faithful fans believe the jockey won’t be out of the saddle for […]

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Jockey Perry Ouzts Celebrates 7,000 Career Victories

64-year-old jockey Perry Ouzts picked up a mount in Friday’s third race at Belterra Park to earn his 7,000th career victory, just the ninth rider to do so in North America. Ouzts rode Emmy’s Candy for trainer Gary Patrick in the hallmark triumph. Ouzts still starts four or five mornings a week galloping and breezing […]

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Ageless Ouzts Rides His 50,000th Career Mount Saturday At Turfway Park

Ageless jockey Perry Ouzts rode the 50,000th race of his long career Saturday when he hustled Need the Wall out of the gate in the third race at Turfway Park. Now 63 years old, Ouzts currently ranks ninth by wins among all jockeys in the history of North American racing with 6,881. He also has […]

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Longtime Racing Photographer Patrick Lang Passes Away At Age 65

Surrounded by his family and longtime friend John Engelhardt, Patrick Lang died peacefully late Friday afternoon at the age of 65. After more than 30 years of making photos from the finish line, track photographer Pat Lang had hung up his camera three years ago. For over three decades, Lang had devoted his career to […]

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‘Man Of Few Words’ Ouzts Now Racing’s Ninth All-Time Leading Rider

The $750,000 Best of Ohio series takes center stage each year on the Ohio Fund schedule. Five races that cover each division at varied distances all carry a purse of $150,000. Gone almost unnoticed by the crowd at Belterra Park last Saturday, was the fact that they witnessed history in the first race of the […]

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Quinonez Earns First Turfway Title; Maker, Ramseys Repeat

Trainer Mike Maker and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey added to their trophy cases and jockey Alonso Quinonez started one by finishing atop their respective categories for Turfway Park’s 49th annual winter/spring meet, which began Jan. 1 and closed April 1. The Ramseys continued their dominance as Kentucky’s leading owners, earning their 12th Turfway title overall […]

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Turfway Honors Journeyman Perry Ouzts, Supports Efforts For Hall Of Fame Nomination

It’s a rare racetrack that puts on a celebration for a single jockey. Perry Ouzts, however, is no ordinary jockey. On Friday, Turfway Park hosted a celebration for Ouzts, 62, in support of a grassroots effort to secure the journeyman a spot in the Hall of Fame. Several of his fans have put together a […]

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‘Ironman’ Ouzts To Be Honored At Turfway Park On Jan. 6

In support of a grassroots effort to bring 62-year-old Thoroughbred jockey Perry Ouzts to the attention of the National Racing Hall of Fame, Turfway Park will honor the local rider and his continuing 43-year career with Perry Ouzts Day on Fri., Jan. 6. The day’s fourth race will be named for Ouzts, with a presentation […]

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Antioco Muriga Rides Five Winners Saturday At Belterra Park

World traveler Antioco Muriga is calling Belterra Park home for the summer and “Coco,” as he is nicknamed, was steaming hot on Saturday.  He had five mounts on the eight race program and won with every one of them. The 29-year-old Muriga hails from the island of Sardinia, which is known as Sardegna to native […]

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Ouzts Records 6,600th Win: ‘I’m Going To Ride This Train Until They Throw Me Off’

At Belterra Park veteran jockey Perry Ouzts added to his plateau of riding accomplishments when he recorded his 6,600 lifetime victory aboard Pretty Penny Boy in the first race on Saturday. Asked after the race what the win meant to him, he said, “It means I’ve got to win 400 more to get to 7,000. […]

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