|Native Texas Rider Terry Stanton Announces
Terry Stanton, longtime veteran jockey at
Texas racetrack, has retired from race riding and will pursue other interests.
The native Texan began his career riding Quarter Horses and has been one
of the top jockeys in Texas for the past decade. He concluded his career
with a remarkable record of 1,321 wins from 10,287 starts. He had 1,254
seconds and 1,205 third place finishes. His mounts earned a total of $11,600,245.
Win or lose, the affable Stanton always has a smile on his face and
continued to be grateful for his health. He battled back from two serious
injuries suffered in 1999 and 2001. He missed the majority of the 2001/2002
season as a result of an injury to his leg and ankle in a starting gate
accident in 2001. Stanton underwent surgery and could not bear weight
on his left leg for three months. But the following year, he exceeded
his expectations in winning the leading rider title at Sam Houston Race
Park in a tie with his good friend, Don Simington.
Terry Stanton had the best quote of Sam Houston Race Park's 2005/2006
Thoroughbred meeting on the final night of the season. He had ridden a
masterful race aboard Charming Socialite, his lone stakes win for the
meeting, for trainer Bill Pettit in the $40,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint.
The win was notable for two reasons: Stanton and Charming Socialite defeated
the defending champion, Proven Cure and set a new track record of :56.61
for five furlongs on the Connally Turf Course. Stanton was asked about
the final time of the stakes and he replied “time to me just counts
when you're in jail or something.”
Stanton's sense of humor is just one of the reasons he has been one
of the most popular members of the Sam Houston Race Park jockey colony.
The native Texan has ridden at the northwest Houston racetrack since its
opening in 1994 and is fourth in the all-time standings with 444 wins
and $4,182,897 in earnings.
“Terry was a very good rider and very professional,” said
Pettit. “A lot of horses he rode for me did better for him than
for anyone else. I’ll miss him, but he’s still young enough
to come back if he changes his mind.”
Stanton is a devoted family man and looks forward to spending more time
with his wife, Michelle, and their 4-year-old daughter, Teri, in Waller,
“To ride, you have to be completely focused and dedicated,”
said Stanton. “I was able to make a living riding in Texas, but
I want to explore other options at this point of my life. I still love
racing, but it will be nice to be home with my family every night.”