Biography: Panamanian-born Jorge Tejeira was in the upper echelon of jockeys in the United States in the latter quarter of the twentieth century. Known for being a quiet and reserved rider, he was also exceptionally astute in the saddle. His graded stakes victories included Grade 1 wins aboard Mississippi Mud in the Matchmaker Stakes, Royal Glint in the Santa Anita Handicap and Love Street in the Sorority Stakes.
Tejeira captured the first two runnings of the Grade 3 Whitemarsh Handicap at Keystone Race Track aboard Naples and Mississippi Mud. In 1976, he tied a longstanding North American record for total wins in a single day when he guided eight horses to victory – three at Keystone during the day and five at Atlantic City Race Course in the evening.
At Keystone/Philadelphia Park, Tejeira was regularly at the top of the jockey standings and was crowned Leading Rider five times (before 1996 the titles were broken down into seasonal meets): 1975 summer meet, 1976 summer meet, 1976 fall/winter meet, 1977 fall/winter meet, and 1980 fall meet. In his 1976 summer meet title, Tejeira set a record of 172 victories – the highest total of any seasonal meet in the history of the track.
Graded Stakes Wins:
1976 – Salvator Mile Handicap (G3) – Royal Glint
1976 – Whitemarsh Handicap (G3) – Mississippi Mud
1976 – Hawthorne Derby (G3) – Wardlaw
1976 – Trenton Handicap (G2) – Royal Glint
1976 – Santa Anita Handicap (G1) – Royal Glint
1977 – Whitemarsh Handicap (G3) – Naples
1977 – Matchmaker Stakes (G1) – Mississippi Mud
1979 – Sorority Stakes (G1) – Love Street
1982 – Tremont Stakes (G3) – Laus’ Cause
1985 – Equipoise Mile Handicap (G3) – Timeless Native
1999 – Sapling Stakes (G3) – Dont Tell the Kids