Jamie Theriot

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Jamie Theriot
Occupation Jockey
Born January 30, 1979
Arnaudville, Louisiana, United States
Career wins 2,172 (ongoing)
Major racing wins
Lone Star Park Handicap (2003)
Elkhorn Stakes (2007)
Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (2007)
Opening Verse Handicap (2007)
Aegon Turf Sprint Stakes (2008)
Aristides Breeders' Cup Stakes (2008)
Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (2008)
Oklahoma Derby (2008)
Shakertown Stakes (2008)
Pucker Up Stakes (2008)
Woodford Stakes (2008)
Appalachian Stakes (2009)
Black Gold Stakes (2009)
Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Stakes (2009)
Louisiana Handicap (2011)
Significant horses
Blame, Purim, Terrain

Jamie Theriot (born January 30, 1979 in Arnaudville, Louisiana) is an American jockey. The son of Thoroughbred horse trainer Harold Theriot, he is a nephew of jockey Larry Melancon.

Jamie Theriot, who began riding on bush tracks in his native Louisiana, turned professional at age 16. He has competed primarily on the Louisiana-Arkansas-Kentucky racing circuit, where he won a riding title at Evangeline Downs in 2001 and the 2003 riding title at Oaklawn Park Race Track.

In 2007, Theriot won his first Grade 1 race, capturing the Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes aboard Purim at Keeneland Race Course. On May 17, 2008, Theriot rode in his first American Classic, taking sixth place aboard Kentucky Bear in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. On June 18, 2008, he became the seventh rider in Churchill Downs history to ride six winners in a single day. In 2009, he won two Grade II races aboard Blame.


On May 23, 2009, Theriot was aboard Sky Mom in the Grade III Arlington Matron at Arlington Park when his horse angled to the outside and clipped Born To Be, ridden by Rene Douglas. Born To Be clipped the horse running in front of her, knocking her unconscious and throwing her jockey Rene Douglas head-first into the track. Douglas was left paralyzed from the waist down due to the accident and Theriot was suspended for 30 days.[1]



  1. ^ Neil Milbert, "Jockey suspended for causing spill at Arlington Park," Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, May 26, 2009.

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2003 58
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 39
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 25
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 35
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 31