Angel Tomas Cordero, Jr.


Angel Tomas Cordero, Jr.


Horse racing in art


Peb's artwork depicts U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, Jr.

Cordero moved from his native Puerto Rico to the States to ride professionally in 1962. He became the first jockey to earn more than $9 million in a season in 1982, and he topped North American jockeys in earnings in 1976, 1982, and 1983.

Cordero won his first Kentucky Derby riding Cannonade in 1974. He took the Derby again in 1976 riding Bold Forbes and in 1985 aboard Spend A Buck. Cordero won the Belmont Stakes in 1976 (Bold Forbes) and the Preakness Stakes in 1980 (Codex) and 1984 (Gate Dancer). He won four Breeders' Cup races between 1985 and 1989 and claimed the leading riding title at Saratoga 14 times.

He won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 1982 and 1983.

Cordero retired with a career record of 7,057 wins and earnings exceeding $164 million.


Pierre Bellocq, aka Peb


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Pen and ink; 13 x 10 in.


still image

Original Format

Pen and ink

Physical Dimensions

13 x 10 in.





Pierre Bellocq, aka Peb, “Angel Tomas Cordero, Jr.,” The Keeneland Library, accessed January 26, 2023,

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