Jockey Profile – Park Tae Jong

The jockey with the most rides and most wins in his career is Park Tae Jong. Now 42, Park debuted in 1987 at the old Seoul Race Park. As of the start of 2008, Park has had 8800 rides with 1358 winners – a career strike rate 15.4% and is currently the hardest working jockey in Korea with 526 rides in the past year yielding 96 winners. His place strike rate in 2007 was a remarkable 30.6% with only Moon Se Young recording a better one.

Despite his excellent strike rate, 2007 was the first year since 1998 that Park failed to win any of the year’s big races. Throughout his career he’s won every major race including back-to-back Korean Derbys in 1999 and 2000. Here he is leading from start to finish in a race from October 2007.

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