Manuel Ycaza

Manuel Ycaza (born Carlos Manuel Deycaza on February 1, 1938 in Panama) is a retired United States Racing Hall of Fame jockey who led the way for Latin American jockeys in the United States.

The son of a bus driver, Deycaza began riding ponies at age six and by age fourteen was riding professionally in Panama. He went on to race in Mexico City before emigrating to the United States in 1956. Within a few years "Manny Ycaza" was winning major races at tracks all over the country. However, the hard-riding, fiery-tempered Ycaza was frequently in trouble with racing officials and despite his unquestioned ability, after major suspensions many owners and trainers were reluctant to hire him. However, stable owner Harry F. Guggenheim took a chance on Ycaza, hiring him for the 1959 racing season. Guggenheim's Cain Hoy Stable was one of the major Thoroughbred racing operations in the U.S. and Ycaza's ten-year affiliation with them saw him become one of the country's top jockeys and be voted the 1964 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award by his peers.

An icon in his country of birth, Manuel Ycaza's success inspired other diminutive Panamanian youngsters to pursue a career as a jockey. In 1962, Sports Illustrated magazine published an article about the "Spanish invasion" of American Thoroughbred horse racing led by Ycaza.

In 1962, Manuel Ycaza married Linda Bement, Miss USA and Miss Universe of 1960. The couple had two children before they divorced in November 1969.

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... Bowes Bond Elberon Farm 137.20 1968 Top Knight Manuel Ycaza Raymond Metcalf Steven B ... Parke Harbor View Farm 138.00 1962 Never Bend Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 135.80 1961 Donut King Manuel Ycaza Ron McAnally Verne Winchell 136.00 1960 Roving ...
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... Freeman Anne Minor Stone 148.60 1969 Amerigo Lady 5 Manuel Ycaza J ... Gaines 150.80 1963 Firm Policy 4 Manuel Ycaza E ... Martini 150.20 1961 Make Sail 4 Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 151.00 1960 Royal Native 4 Bill Hartack Peter F ...
Washington, D.C. International Stakes - Winners of The Washington, D.C. International
... Guest 237.20 1967 Fort Marcy 3 Manuel Ycaza J ... Madden 226.20 1960 Bald Eagle 5 Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 233.00 1959 Bald Eagle 4 Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 228.00 1958 Sailor's Guide* 6 Howard Grant J ...
Manuel Ycaza - Major Race Accomplishments
... In his first year with Cain Hoy Stable, Ycaza won the 1959 Washington, D.C ... In the American Classic Races, Ycaza was second aboard Ridan in the 1962 Preakness Stakes, and in 1963 earned a second place finish on Never Bend in the Kentucky Derby ... for his Windfields Farm in the 1963 Queen's Plate, Ycaza won Canada's most prestigious race aboard the colt, Canebora ...

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