Article published on 5 January 2011

Top Canadian Jockey Rob Landry Retires

Canadian jockey Rob Landry has retired after 29 years
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Yesterday (Tuesday, January 4) the Canadian horse racing industry was saddened by the news that leading Canadian jockey, Rob Landry, has decided to hang up his whip for good and try his hand as a racing manager.

For almost 30 years Landry was one of Canada's top jockeys, having competed in a staggering 17,656 races, 2,045 of which he romped home first. Of those, 167 were stakes races, making him one of the nation's most successful riders.

In terms of career highlights, wins that will no doubt stand out for both Landry and betting fans include the 2004 Queen's Plate aboard Niigon, the 2009 Alabama Stakes (Gr 1) aboard Careless Jewel as well as three Canadian Oaks.

Said the 48-year-old jockey, 'Naturally it's a difficult decision when you've ridden horses all your life. I've been very lucky and I'm not getting any younger and these opportunities don't always come about. I thought the time was right.'

Landry has been appointed as the racing manager for Chiefswood Stable, one of Canada's top stables and the owner of Niigon. A diligent record keeper in his career, Landry is expected to bring that same diligence with him to Chiefswood.

As a testament of Landry's professionalism, he received many glowing reports and recommendations from key people in the Canadian horse racing industry, such as trainer Sue Leslie, who heads up the horsemen's association in Ontario.

'Rob is a true horsemen,' she said. 'He gets into a horse's head and earns their trust and respect.' Landry caused an upset in 2005 when he beat favourite and 2004 horse of the year, Soaring Free, aboard Leslie's charge, Awesome Action.
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