Frank Lovato Jr - The 1980 Eclipse Award-winning Apprentice Jockey, creator of the Equicizer, co-founded with wife Sandy the Stampede of Dreams Therapeutic Riding Program, creator of Jockey Camp, creator and host of Jockey World Radio, creator and executive director of Jockey World Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to better improve, promote and provide education, health and safety into the world of horse racing.Click to read more about Frank Lovato Jr...
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"Hi, my name is Frank Lovato, Jr. but I go by "Frankie." My actual birth name is Shawn Francis Lovato. Ever since I was old enough to follow my dad around the racetrack (jockey Frank Lovato, Sr.) people called me "Little Frankie" and I was too shy to correct anyone. As I grew older and began working on the farms of Ocala, Florida, the name Frankie stuck and that's what everyone called me. In fact, at that point, only my immediate family and friends I grew up with in school even knew me as Shawn.
Though my birth certificate and drivers license still listed Shawn as my official name, when it came time for me to apply for my first jockeys' license, it was kind of strange but it was clear to me that I would race under "Frankie" as that is how the racing world knew me. With the great amount of pride I felt toward my father, it was also something I wanted to do. This was when I officially became Frank Lovato, Jr. to the world of racing.
So the world of 'Frankie Lovato' already starts off a bit complicated; there is still more I want to share and that is the reason I created this site. Please take a look around and I hope that you find things interesting!"