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Legandary Laffit at Emerald on Sunday, April 30


April 27, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA, April 26 - Laffit Pincay, Jr., the all-time leading rider in Thoroughbred racing history, will be at Emerald Downs on Sunday, April 30, to promote the release of "Laffit-All About Winning", a 96-minute documentary that chronicles the inspirational story behind the rider. The DVD is produced and directed by Academy Award winner Jim Wilson and narrated by Kevin Costner. The first 3,000 fans with paid admission will receive a free copy of the DVD, and Pincay will be holding an autograph session from 2:30 until 4:00 p.m. in the Emerald Downs grandstand.

Pincay announced his retirement from racing on April 29, 2003 with 9,530 wins. His last ride came on March 1, 2003 when he rode Trampus Too in the fifth race at Santa Anita. The gelding clipped heels with another rival, sending Pincay to the turf. Injuries suffered in the fall were deemed minor at the time, but persistent pains plagued Pincay, and doctors concluded that he had broken his neck in the fall and that his spine was insufficiently stable to ride horses competitively again. The six-time Eclipse Award winner was inducted into Racing's Hall of Fame in 1975.

Pincay has ridden 28 mounts at Emerald Downs with 15 wins for an astounding win percentage of 53.50 percent. His stakes wins in Auburn include the 1999 Belle Roberts with Magic Code and the 1997 WTBA Lads with Bay Street Blues. Pincay is a two-time winner of the Longacres Mile, taking that race in 1986 with Skywalker and in 1983 with Washington-bred Chinook Pass. Both of Pincay's Mile triumphs came at Longacres.