Ray BroussardJockey, 1945-77
Horse Racing

Inducted: 1983

  • A legendary jockey from Vermillion Parish and Cajun Country (pictured middle right, photo by Ernie Sisco for the New York Times), he became a leading rider at the Fair Grounds Race Course after getting his start on the unregulated Bush tracks.
  • Won important stakes races all over the country and set a course record with four wins in the New Orleans Handicap.
  • The principal rider for Joe and Dorothy Brown, he won back-to-back editions of the Louisiana and New Orleans Handicaps in 1958 and 1959 aboard the colt Tenacious.
  • Won the Louisiana Derby four times - Clev Er Tell (1977); Blue Skyer (1966); Admiral’s Voyage (1962); Master Palynch (1959) - which is second-best in track history as of 2013.
  • Posted 193 wins in 1964 and rode 153 winners in 1969.
  • Rode in all three of the Triple Crown races - his best results came in 1970. After winning the Flamingo Stakes and the Florida Derby aboard the colt My Dad George, he finished second in both the Kentucky Derby (in four tries) and the Preakness Stakes.
  • Also a member of the Fair Ground Race Course Hall of Fame.
  • Born Aug. 11, 1937 and died Oct. 6, 1993 at the age of 56.