Shaun Xavier Bridgmohan
By: Cerone White
On this day in Caribbean History, June 24, 1979, Jockey Shaun Xavier Bridgmohan was born in Spanish Town Jamaica. At the age of thirteen he and his family migrated to South Florida where he developed a love for the sport.
The Jamaican-born Jockey started from the bottom working at some of Florida’s racetracks as a hot walker, groom and at times he was an exercise rider. After High School, his big break came when he decided to fully pursue his passion in August of 1997 getting his first win at Calder Race Course. Not long after his first win in 1997, in 1998 he gained six wins on a single card at the Aqueduct Racetrack in New York. Before the end of 1998, he was the winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. In 2007 he won big again at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans where he won six races on a single card.
Some of the horses Bridgmohan has rode are “My Name Is Michael” in 2013 where he finished seventh, “Scatman” in 2012 finishing ninth, and “Pyro” in 2008 where he finished in tenth place.
Currently, Bridgmohan has over 1704 career wins and resides in Oldham County, Kentucky. Also, a key fact to know is that Bridgmohan has North American career earnings exceeded $122 million with 2,914 wins through May 8, 2016.