Jockey Ry Eikleberry ‘Blessed To Be One Of The Few Riders To Walk Away On My Own Terms’

Saturday’s closing day at Canterbury Park was the final day of racing for jockey Ry Eikleberry, who began riding races in 2005.

He won four races on the Saturday card, closing out his Thoroughbred racing career with a total of 2,568 victories with earnings of $45,714,193. Eikleberry also won another 222 Quarter Horse races during his career.

The Minnesota Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association posted the news on its Facebook page.

“As all of us in racing will miss his spectacular rides, we’re also very happen for Ry on his outstanding career and for the next chapter in his life,” the post reads.

Eikleberry’s social media post about the end of his career is as follows:

“Tomorrow night will be my last time in the saddle as a professional jockey,” he wrote. “It’s been a decision that I have given great thought. I feel very blessed to be one of the few riders to walk away on my own terms. I first would like to thank my family who’s unwavering support of my career has made my career so enjoyable. Most of all my wife who has unselfishly traveled through thick and thin to be by my side. She has been there to celebrate the wins and talk through the rough patches. To my two young girls, who have been there to welcome me home every night no matter how the day went. Their smiles and squeals as I walk through the door is undoubtedly my favorite part of each day.

“I would like to thank the owners and trainers who have trusted and supported me throughout the years. Thanks to all of my agents and valets who have been part of my team. It really does take a village to get a horse to the winners circle and I truly understand that this is a team sport and I feel fortunate to have been a small part of each horses success. To the fans. One of the greatest thrills of my life was hearing the roar of the crowd when turning for home. This sport is dependent on you. It’s been a fun ride and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my very blessed life.”

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