Long Overdue. Jockey Craig Perret inducted into National horse racing hall of fame

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Craig Perret was inducted into the the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on Monday, making the New Orleans native only jockey in the 16-member class of 2019.

Perret joins Calvin Borel (2013), Randy Romero (2010), Kent Desormeaux (2004), Eddie Delahoussaye (1993) and O. Eric Guerin (1972) among Louisiana jockey inductees.

Joining Perret in the class, are champion fillies Royal Delta, My Juliet, and Waya along with members of the Hall’s 12 Pillars of the Turf category: James E. “Ted” Bassett; Christopher Chenery; Dick Duchossois; William S. Farish; John Hettinger; James R. Keene; Frank E. “Jimmy” Kilroe; Gladys Mills Phipps; Ogden Phipps; Helen Hay Whitney; Marylou Whitney; and Warren Wright Sr.

Perret, 68, won 4,415 races in a career that spanned from 1967 through 2005. He was voted an Eclipse Award as the Outstanding Jockey of 1990, the year he guided Unbridled to victory in the Kentucky Derby for trainer Carl Nafzger. Perret also rode Bet Twice to victory in the 1987 Belmont Stakes.

Perret also rode champions Honest Pleasure, Rhythm, Housebuster, Storm Song, and Smoke Glacken, among others. He was honored with the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1998 and won four Breeders’ Cup races, including the inaugural Sprint in 1984 aboard champion Eillo.

Perret was inducted in the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

The National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held Aug. 2 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

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