The Thoroughbred Club of America is a private membership Club. It was established on March 12, 1932 by a group of 15 men who assembled in the LaFayette Hotel in Lexington, KY. Their purpose in creating The Thoroughbred Club was to promote, foster and encourage closer cooperation and better business relations in the Thoroughbred horse industry.
Throughout the years The Thoroughbred Club has grown in prestige, influence and membership. Since forming 83 years ago, the Club continues to uphold the values and purpose that make it one of a kind. TCA provides a venue for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information in relation to the breeding, racing and marketing of Thoroughbred horses as well as encouraging public interest.
Christopher J. McCarron has been selected by the Board of Directors of the Thoroughbred Club of America as the 2016 Honor Guest, Club President Shannon Arvin announced today. McCarron will be honored by the Club at its 85th Testimonial Dinner at Keeneland Race Course on Sunday evening, September 25th.
"We are thrilled to honor Chris as the 2016 Thoroughbred Club of America Honor Guest," said Arvin. "His accomplishments as a world-class jockey, competing for nearly three decades with Thoroughbred legends including Alysheba, John Henry, Sunday Silence, and Tiznow, as well as his tremendous contributions to the Thoroughbred industry and jockey profession by founding the North American Racing Academy, certainly make Chris worthy of this distinct honor."
Born in Dorchester, MA in March of 1955, the son of Herbert and Helen and one of nine children, Chris was introduced to the racing world by a brother, Gregg McCarron who was already a jockey. In the summer of 1971 Chris started on the track as a hot walker for trainer Odie Clelland and rode his first race at Bowie Race Course in January 1974. As an apprentice, Chris rode a record 2,199 races scoring a record 546 wins. Eventually, he became the first jockey to reach the $200 million earnings mark.
Inducted in the National Racing Museum Hall of Fame in 1989, Chris McCarron competed for 28 years winning 2 Kentucky Derbies, 2 Preakness Stakes, 2 Belmont Stakes, 5 Breeders' Cup Classics plus 3 other Breeders' Cup races, the Japan Cup and Canadian Int'l Stakes. Notable mounts include John Henry, Alysheba, Tiznow, Precisionist, Lady's Secret, Sunday Silence, Glorious Song, Bayakoa, Paseana, Flawlessly, Turkoman, Northern Spur and many others. After race riding, Chris began appearances as a racing analyst for major races on ABC, NBC, ESPN, HDNet and TVG. He served as Race Designer and Technical Advisor for the feature film "Seabiscuit" also playing the role of War Admiral's jockey, Charlie Kurtsinger. McCarron served as General Manager of Santa Anita Park from March 2003 to February 2005.
Chris is the Founder and Lead Instructor of the North American Racing Academy in Lexington, Kentucky established to develop young jockeys. The academy also offers a horseman's career path to qualify young men and women for other jobs in the industry. NARA is the first and only school of its kind in North America. The school offers an attainable degree through Bluegrass Community and Technical College.
Chris McCarron's many awards include the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (1974), Best Jockey ESPY Award, two Eclipse Awards for Outstanding Jockey (1974 and 1980), and Mike Venezia Memorial Award. In 1995 Chris also won the ESPY award for Outstanding Achievement in Racing. He is a member of The Jockey Club, American Horse Council, KY Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club, and Thoroughbred Club of America. Chris also serves on the Board of Directors for High Hope Steeplechase Association.
Chris is the father of three daughters, Erin, Kristin and Stephanie and has one grandson, Griffin.
For over 84 years, The Thoroughbred Club of America Annual Testimonial Dinner has honored persons who have rendered distinguished service to the sport of Thoroughbred racing. To learn more about The Thoroughbred Club of America, visit us online at www.thethoughbredclub.com. For tickets to the September 25th Testimonial Dinner, please call (859) 254-4282.
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