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Jacqueline Davis in Abu Dhabi

US professional rider, Jacqueline Davis has never known anything but horses and racing.

Davis had made the 14 hour flight from the east coast of the USA to ride in the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies World Championship in Abu Dhabi on November 11. She had only known about the race two weeks before when another jockey had to cancel. This is the way with life, racing, and out -of- town try-outs. Sometimes you are in the right place at the right time.

 “My dad, Robbie Davis, (now retired), was the leading rider in New York for years,” she said in Abu Dhabi before the race. “I have been riding since I was three.”

Born in 1987 on Long Island, New York, as a child the petite rider followed her father around the New York circuit; in the winter to Gulfstream Park and in the summer to Saratoga.

Davis (3) battles at the end with (2)UK rider, Emily Jones,
on Al Mouttakel

Davis has ridden on the track since 2006. When she decided to become a jockey she chose to learn at the Chris McCarron’s jockey school in Kentucky. After two years she was proud to be awarded an associate degree in equine science. Even with degree in hand, she started at the bottom as a backstretch exercise rider. She has now completed three years as a professional jockey.

2012  Equibase race record:

  • Starts: 2,615
  • Firsts: 296
  • Seconds: 322
  • Thirds: 340
  • Earnings: $4,559,203
  • Avg. Earnings Per Start: $1,743
Davis’ home track is Suffolk Downs in Boston where she regularly rides  and wins on Thoroughbreds. It was her association with the school that triggered her invitation to ride in the first ladies Abu Dhabi Championship. Although she did not think twice about accepting the invitation, it was a first for her. “I’ve never sat on an Arabian,” she said with a smile before the race.

She counted on her competitive spirit and her experience to help with the Eric Lemartinel trained, Ibn Battuta Monlau, a 5 yr old  colt by Dormane  out of Okapie Domenjoi by Tidjani. She didn’t do badly for a pick up ride. Jacequeline finished fourth.


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