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2011 Breeders' Cup Results: Joseph O'Brien Will Be Next Great Jockey in Sport

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 05: Jockey Joseph O'Brien (C) gets a kiss from his mother Anne-Marie (L) while his father, trainer Aidan O'Brien (R) looks on  after the pair teamed to win the Breeders' Cup Turf with their horse St. Nicholas Abbey during the 2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 5, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IINovember 9, 2016

Joseph O’Brien became the youngest jockey in the sport of horse racing to win a Breeders’ Cup race when he won the $3 million Turf in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup. At 18 years old, O'Brien is the next big thing in horse racing. 

In a sport known for horses, jockeys are very important. His career is just beginning and he will rack up many more victories in his career.

His horse that he rode was St. Nicholas Abbey. Joseph’s father, Aidan O’Brien, said that this was “very special.”

It would be special. A sport that you have been fixated with for years has a winner that is your son, and your son is the youngest to ever achieve the feat—that is special.

Joseph was thrilled with his performance.

"Obviously, there was a certain degree of nerves," said Joseph. "But I was looking forward to it more than anything else. He jumped good at the start, had a nice position and travelled very well. I got the gaps when I needed them and he picked up really well.

"It's a dream come true. I've been coming to the Breeders' Cup since I was very small and obviously looking at all the big names and big horses winning the best races. It's just something you dream about."

You can tell how much it means to Joseph in his comments. He has been visiting the competition since he was a little kid and his dreams came true. He is probably surprised that he won so soon in his career, but this is an accomplishment that will never be forgotten by the horse racing enthusiasts.

The ending was just one of many surprise finishes at the 2011 Breeders’ Cup at Churchill Downs. 

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