Jockey Stewart Elliott picked up his first leading rider title at Sam Houston Race Park in pretty much gate-to-wire fashion. The nationally respected veteran rode first call for Asmussen this meet, riding 62 winners from 271 mounts, earning $1,597,545 and finishing in the money at a lofty 55%. The successful union between Elliott and Asmussen began in Houston one year ago and continued at Lone Star Park and Remington Park.
“Stewart brings professionalism and consistency in every race he rides,” stated Asmussen.
In turn, Elliott shared his gratitude to the Hall of Fame conditioner.
“I especially have to thank Steve who kept me loaded up pretty good throughout the meet,” he said.
In accepting his leading rider award, Elliott also acknowledged the support of his wife, Lilibeth and son Christopher, as well as his agent, Scott Hare.
Versatile on turf and dirt, Elliott guided Texas-bred Direct Dial to his two stakes wins this season calling the W.S. Farish homebred “a really cool horse”.
Elliott, 55, will head to Lone Star Park for their 2021 Thoroughbred meet. He began riding in 1981 and has a remarkable 5,133 career wins, including the victory aboard 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones. Retirement talk will have to wait for now, as Elliott is truly enjoying this stage of his exceptional career.
“It’s been great,” he acknowledged. “I’m looking forward to Lone Star and hope to keep things going.”