Former Jockey Jeff Williams Now EVD Steward

Retired jockey finds a new role at Evangeline Downs.

Jeff Williams will be working as a steward at Evangeline Downs.

Former top Quarter Horse jockey Jeff Williams has accepted the new role as a steward at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, Louisiana.

Williams started his riding career in his home state of Michigan in 1978 at Glendale Downs in Hillsdale, Michigan, before moving his tack to ride predominantly throughout the Southwest, and a stint in California. In his race-riding career, Williams was able to muster 1119 wins with total earnings of over $9.1 million dollars.

He finished second in the All American Futurity (G1) on three separate occasions (Lil Bit Shiney, 1986; Moons High, 1989; Texas Heartbeat, 1992). Williams was able to secure major stakes victories in the 1984 Kansas Derby (G1) aboard Racy Roman, 1986 Rainbow Futurity (G1) aboard Lil Bit Shiney, the 1987 Kansas Derby aboard Lil Bit Shiney (G1), the 1990 Rainbow Derby aboard Moons High (G1), and the 1993 Rainbow Derby (G1) aboard Deceptively.

“Being a steward has been something I have been looking forward to becoming ever since I quit my riding career,” said Williams. “I would like to thank Chris Warren and Boyd Gaming for giving me this opportunity to advance my career in racing.”

Since his race riding career ended, Williams has worked as the clerk of scales at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Louisiana Downs in Bossier City.

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