- Category : Jockey
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Incarnation 1
American jockey from 1976 who recorded an astonishing 1,704 wins. The son of a blacksmith and a trainer-mom, he was riding at full gallop from age five. Cauthen was a pro rider at 16, the "boy wonder" who once won 23 of 54 races in a week.
At 17, he won a record $6.1 million in purses and in his first two years won more than 900 races, including the Triple Crown in the spring of 1978. He rode two winners on New Years Day, 1979, and suddenly had a losing streak of 100 races until it broke on 2/01/1979.
At the end of 1985, Cauthen took a three-week alcohol rehab break as he was afraid he was getting too fond of his drink. In 1988, he broke his neck in a bad spill and was laid up for seven months.
After Cauthen married in 1991, he and Amy bought 300 acres of prime Kentucky horse country; their first child was born in July 1993. He took a job as a race announcer on 5/01/1993.