Jon Court

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Jon Court
Occupation Jockey
Born November 23, 1960
Gainesville, Florida, U.S.
Career wins 3,000+
Major racing wins
West Virginia Derby (1998)
All Along Stakes (2001)
Lone Star Derby (2001, 2005)
Silverbulletday Stakes (2002)
Indiana Derby (2002, 2003)
Iowa Derby (2003)
Japan Cup Dirt (2003)
Citation Handicap (2004, 2007)
Clement L. Hirsch Handicap (2004)
Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf (2004, 2005)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (2005)
Lone Star Park Handicap (2005)
Sport Page Breeders' Cup Handicap (2005)
Buena Vista Handicap (2005)
Turf Paradise Derby (2005, 2008)
Bing Crosby Handicap (2006)
Santa Margarita Handicap (2006)
Texas Mile Stakes (2006)
San Luis Rey Handicap (2006)
La Habra Stakes (2007)
Providencia Stakes (2007)
Tokyo City Cup (2008)
Turfway Park Fall Championship (2009,2010)
Arkansas Derby (2010, 2011)
Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (2007)
Significant horses
Archarcharch, Fleetstreet Dancer, Perfect Drift
Leroidesanimaux, Percy Hope, Nite Light

Jon Kenton Court (born November 23, 1960, in Gainesville, Florida) is an American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Having grown up in Florida, Jon Court began riding in Colorado at the now closed Centennial Park in 1980. He rode in Louisiana for 12 years before moving to Kentucky and Indiana in 1995, where he was a top rider at Hoosier Park from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, he gained his 2,000th win at Kentucky Downs.

In 2001, he rode Percy Hope in the Lone Star Derby, winning, and in the Preakness Stakes, placing 9th. He holds the record for most wins by a jockey (2) in the Lone Star Derby. In 2003, he won the Japan Cup Dirt on Fleetstreet Dancer.

In 2004, he moved to California tracks on the advice of trainer Doug O'Neill after winning titles at Ellis Park Racecourse, Oaklawn Park, Turfway Park, Kentucky Downs, and Birmingham Racecourse. He rode his 3,000th winner at Santa Anita Park on April 7, 2005, 25 years to the day from his first win.

In 2006, Court was elected secretary of the Jockeys' Guild and is the Guild's representative board member for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) Charities-Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund.

Court, who has been called "an unfailingly polite man" by ESPN, received the prestigious George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in February 2007. The award is voted on by American jockeys and is given to a jockey who demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack.

Court was one of the jockeys featured in the first season of Animal Planet's 2009 reality documentary Jockeys before he moved his tack back to Kentucky.

On April 10, 2010, Court won the $1,000,000 Arkansas Derby aboard Line of David, giving the horse and its connections enough graded stakes earnings to run in the Kentucky Derby. However, Court was removed from the Derby mount by the horse's trainer, John Sadler. Line of David subsequently finished 18th in the 20-horse Derby field.

Court repeated his win in the Arkansas Derby in 2011 with Archarcharch, trained by his father-in-law, Jinks Fires. He retained the mount for the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Archarcharch drew the first post and finished 15th in a 19-horse field with 12-1 odds.

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2000 40
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2001 24
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2002 30
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2003 57
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2004 42
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2005 22
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006 21
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 63
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 69
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 92
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 63
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 66
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 73