Ray Broussard – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Ray Broussard (middle). Photo by Ernie Sisco for the New York Times.
Ray Broussard was a legendary jockey from Vermillion Parish and Cajun Country (pictured middle left, 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.
Broussard won important stakes races all over the country and set a course record with four wins in the New Orleans Handicap. He also 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.
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.
In 1964, he posted 193 wins and in 1969, he rode 153 winners.
Broussard 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 and the Preakness Stakes. He rode in the Kentucky Derby four times.
Born August 11, 1937, he is also a member of the Fair Ground Race Course Hall of Fame. He died October 6, 1993 at the age of 56.