Saturday, September 12, 2009
Anyone who follows jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. on Twitter knows that he has been busy jetting around this summer to various book signings for his recently released biography by Madelyn Cain, Laffit: Anatomy of a Winner. I was fortunate to catch him, along with the author, at Del Mar during closing week and get my very own autographed copy.
Pincay, who in 1999 surpassed Willie Shoemaker to become the winningest jockey of all time, has led an incredible and fascinating life. His riding career spanned an amazing 40 years and encompassed the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. The biography chronicles his life from his early days in Panama to his remarkable achievements in the world of Thoroughbred horse racing. It's an engrossing read not only for racing fans but for anyone who enjoys reading about the life of a truly dedicated and inspiring athlete.