About Jockey Brett Callaghan
- How I got involved in horse racing?
- Where did I race?
- Racing Accidents
- Jockey Profile
- North American Racing Statistics
- compliments of Equibase.com
- Back to School
- Working at CIBC Mortgages Inc.
- Return to Barbados
- Barbados Island Guide
- Totally Barbados Real Estate
- Totally Toronto
As I turned fourteen years old, while weighing only 66 pounds and was merely four foot, seven inches tall, I applied and received my exercise jockeys license at the Garrison Savannah in Barbados.
I rode racehorses on mornings at the Garrison Savannah racetrack in Barbados for twelve months from 6 am – 8 am, before dressing in the jocks room and going to school five days a week, while exercising as much as I could on weekends.
Apprentice Jockeys License
At the age of fifteen years old, Darren Fortune and I applied for and successfully received our apprentice jockeys license by jumping out of the starting gates.
I then took part in and rode my first professional race in November 1989 at the Garrison Savannah in Barbados; following in my older brothers foot-steps who had already been racing for a few years.
I won a total of 34 races in Barbados from 388 rides from the period of November 1989 to March 1993.
Racing in Trinidad and Martinique
Racing in Canada
Then in 1993, I moved to Toronto, Canada, to further pursue my racing career at Woodbine (www.woodbineentertainment.com), Fort Erie (www.forterieracing.com) and Greenwood racetracks in the Ontario region of Canada.
In Canada, I’ve ridden in over 1,200 races with a total of 135 wins (As of September 21st, 1998); mostly at Woodbine, Fort Erie and Greenwood racetracks. In all, I have ridden 174 winners (As of November 17th, 1998).
Career Statistics in North America:
Avg. Earnings Per Start: $1,387
See Racing Stats for Jockey Brett Callaghan at Equibase for North America Racing.
I was also off for five months in 1996, due to an operation which I had to have on my knees due to a cyst in one knee and a chipped bone in the other, all wear and tear from racing.
I then decided to place my racing career on ‘HOLD’ for the remainder of 1998, to take a Microsoft Skills 2000 computer Course (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Course). This course required full-time participation for five days a week, for five months or 21 weeks (June 22nd – November 13th ’98).
Needless to say, since completing the program by sitting and passing all 6 of the Microsoft Exams, I am now a “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
During the time of my studying, I continued exercising racehorses at the racetrack (Woodbine) on weekends. During these months, I continued to ride in three horse races at Woodbine (Up to November 17th, ’98) on a horse from my homeland in Barbados, who has been racing in Toronto since 1997.
His name is “Incitatus,” who also won the 1997 Gold Cup in Barbados. Out of those three rides on him, I’ve managed to get a win, a third and a fifth; pretty well indeed for an ex-jockey!
I decided to take this opportunity, while I was still young (24 years) for a means of “having something to fall back on” in case my racing career does not work out to be beneficial, in the long run !!!!!!!! I’m proud of my decision to go back to school and now am extremely happy about my decision to retire entirely from racing (February 2004).
Since February 1999, I’ve been working at CIBC Mortgages Inc. in Toronto as a Senior Technical Analyst and have thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience in the business sector of Toronto.
In March 2005, I decided to return to Barbados my homeland, to begin a project called Totally Barbados. This project is designed to promote all of the incredible beauty of the Barbados Tourism Product.
Read all about my success Barbados Island Guide – Totally Barbados.
I then developed and launched Totally Barbados Real Estate in October 2008 to help real estate agents and brokers, as well as individuals, sell and rent property in Barbados.
In 2010 I then began another project of mine, called Totally Toronto promoting the city of Toronto. This site was launched on November 19th, 2010 and is designed to encourage tourism in the city of Toronto.
Other sites and projects have included: