About Robert Landry
Robert Landry was born on September 18, 1962, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He had his first career win aboard Hammy Hubert on June 21, 1981, at Fort Erie and won his first stakes race aboard La Salle Park in the 1982 Fair Play Stakes also at Fort Erie. He won the Sovereign Award for outstanding jockey in Canada in both 1993 and 1994 and won the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award in 2003 for lifetime achievement as a jockey.
Although he has only won the riding title at Woodbine once in 1994, he is almost always in the top 10.
Landry led the Woodbine jockey colony in stakes wins in 1993 (with 13), 1994 (18), and 1996 (18). He has never ridden in a Breeders’ Cup race and his biggest wins outside Canada were the ’97 Damascus Handicap at Colonial Downs aboard Whiskey Wisdom and ’94 Molly Pitcher at Monmouth on Hey Hazel. He won the first leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, the Queen’s Plate, in 2004 aboard Niigon, and the second leg, the Prince of Wales, in 1998 with Archer’s Bay. Landry rode 5 consecutive Canadian champion 2-year-old fillies from 1996-2000: Larkwhistle, Primaly, Fantasy Lake, Hello Seattle, and Poetically.
Landry is know for keeping meticulous notes about each race he rides and enters them all in a database. He has suffered several serious injuries in his career, including a broken cheekbone in 1981, a broken back and ribs in 1984, and broken vertebrae in 1997.
Active in Charity Work:
Landry is a board member for the LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society for retired racehorses in Canada and even made donation boxes and signed autographs on Secretariat Day at Woodbine in 2003, helping raise $13,000 for the charity. He donates his time to various children’s charities including Community Association for Riding for the Disabled (C.A.R.D.) and the Special Olympics. He often lends his time and support to various Woodbine promotions and even played Santa Claus in one of their commercials in 2006.
Landry won his 1,500th career race on November 15, 2000, and notched milestone win #2000 on July 1, 2009, aboard 12-1 longshot Firetheexecutive in the 9th race at Woodbine for trainer Steve Attard, who owns the horse in partnership with Sheldon Pettle. Landry said, “I treated it as though it were any other day. It’s really nice to win this. My mindset was, ‘When it comes, it comes.’ I’m happy I won it for Steve. I’ve ridden a lot for him in the past. Now that it’s over with we’ll go out there and try to get some more.”
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