Frankie Dettori celebrates with a flying dismount after winning the 2016 BC Filly & Mare Turf with Queen’s Trust
One of racing’s elite stars, Frankie Dettori, a three-time champion jockey in Great Britain who has won 21 British classics among 282 Group/Grade 1 victories, has announced plans to retire from his extraordinary career at the close 2023 with his swan song to come during the Breeders’ Cup next November at Santa Anita.
“It’s something that I’ve been thinking about for a while. This is going to be my finale next year,” Dettori told ITV. “I’m riding Boxing Day (Dec. 26) in Santa Anita and planning to spend about 10 weeks in California and then I’ll make my way back, with Dubai and Saudi in between, to start the season in Newmarket.
“I’ll be riding right through and it’ll be my last Guineas, my last Derby, my last Royal Ascot and so on. Then I’ll have the final farewell at the Breeders’ Cup.”
Dettori, 52, Britain’s champion rider in 1994, 1995, and 2004, has been associated with numerous elite runners, including Enable, whom he guided to two victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) in 2017 and 2019. She also provided him one of his 14 Breeders’ Cup victories when capturing the 2018 Turf (G1).
He has two Epsom Derbys to his credit, guiding Authorized in 2017 and Golden Horn in 2015.
One of the highlights of Dettori’s career came Sept. 28, 1996 when rode seven winners at Ascot. Overall, he has 3,336 victories, his best season coming in 1994 when he won 233 races.
Dettori, who won his first race in 1986 in his native Italy, delights racegoers around the world with his trademark flying dismounts.
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