At 16, rode his first thoroughbred winner Lil Star for his dad - in his first start - in Les Bois Park in Idaho
Won his first Santa Anita title; went on to win again in 1988, 1990, and 1993
Won his first Kentucky Derby
Briefly retired from horse-racing due to debilitating knee pain
Made his acting debut in the drama feature "Seabiscuit"
Officially retired from racing and became a racing analyst for NBC and horse-racing network TVG
Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte on the horse-racing drama "Luck" (HBO)