He began his career in 1968 and ten years later became the top American jockey with 384 wins. He has won the Kentucky Derby in two consecutive years, riding Gato Del Sol in 1982 and Sunny's Halo in 1983; he had finished second in the 1981 Derby.
Eddie Delahoussaye was awarded the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1981. He was inducted into the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame in 1991 and in 1993 into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
He retired from horse racing in January 2003 as a result of injuries to his head and neck suffered in a fall at Del Mar Racetrack. Over his 34-year career, he is the twelfth winningest jockey, with 6,384 races won. In terms of monetary winnings, he is sixth all time, having earned $195,881,170 in his career.
In 2006 Delahoussaye wrote the preface to Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, by photographer-author Karen S. Davis, a book documenting morning thoroughbred racetrack training. "All of the moments that define the morning at Santa Anita are captured in the stunning photography of this book," he wrote. "Morning at Santa Anita racetrack is like no other time or place on earth."
Eddie Delahoussaye remains active in the horse racing industry and is a member of the board of directors of the Edwin J. Gregson Foundation.
- Eddie Delahoussaye Retires, About.com
- Eddie Delahoussaye at the United States' National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
- Thoroughbred Times 2002 article on Eddie Delahoussaye's election to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame
- Davis, Karen S., Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, "Preface" by Eddie Delahoussaye, Highland Press, San Rafael, CA, 2006, ISBN 0-9662414-3-6.
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