Tyler Gaffalione Biography – 2019 Preakness Stakes Winner

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Tyler Gaffalione Bio

Tyler Gaffalione is the winner of 2015 Eclipse Award for Outsyanding Apprentice Jockey. Image Source: Tyler Gaffalione's Instagram.

Last updated on April 26th, 2022 at 06:48 am

Tyler Gaffalione is one of the famous American jockeys. He gained much popularity after being voted for the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey. Moreover, Tyler has established himself as one of the successful horse riders.

Tyler has over 1,028 career wins and has become a racing pro, having won over 200 races consecutively in his first three seasons. He’s not going to stop anytime soon and has a long and truly magnificent journey ahead of him. With the growing popularity of horse racing, many people are intrigued about the jockey’s personal details.

So, let’s talk more about Tyler Gaffalione’s net worth, wife, family, and career.

Followed In His Father’s Footsteps

The jockey was born on September 12, 1994. He was raised in Davie, Florida, the USA, by his parents. Moreover, Tyler hails from a family of horse racers. It all started with his granddad in the late 1970s, which was followed by his dad and eventually him.

Tyler Gaffalione’s grandfather, Bobby Gaffalione, started his career in 1976 and rode more than 3,200 in his profession. He had a highly successful career as a jockey, including a 10th-place finish for trainer Harold Rose aboard Rexon’s Hope at the 1984 Kentucky Derby. Likewise, Tyler’s father, Steve Gaffalione, has won more than 800 races in his twenty-year-long career.

The horse rider grew up on a farm where he spent a lot of time with his dad. He was just four years when he got his first pony. From a very young age, Tyler used to ride with his father on the track in the mornings, and when he finally turned teenager, he started working with horses on his own. As he grew up with an experienced jockey, it must have helped him gain more knowledge about horse racing.

Gaffalione graduated from Sunlake High School in 2013. Afterward, he rode his first race for trainer Charlie Fontana on September 5, 2014. But it didn’t go as he had planned.

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Tyler Gaffalione Net Worth And Career

As mentioned earlier, Gaffalione raced for the first time in 2014 but couldn’t score a win. But, he turned things around and won 28 races as well as Eclipse Award for Champion Apprentice Jockey the following season. He has since achieved many wins. Hence, Tyler Gaffalione’s net worth is heavily influenced by his horse-riding career.

The jockey has won multiple riding titles at Gulfstream Park, and on June 30, 2018, he tied Jerry Bailey‘s record by winning seven races and capturing his sixth title on the racetrack. In addition, Tyler won his first Grade I race aboard Salty at the 2018 La Troienne Stakes. He must have pocketed hefty prize money from the events.

The next year, Gaffalione won the Preakness Stakes with War of Will, trained by Mark Casse. He is represented by his agent Matt Muzikar. Following his victories, let’s take a look at Tyler Gaffalione’s earnings:

Years Earnings
2021 $19,141,042
2020 $15,614,762
2018 $12,690,774
2016 $6,494,355
2014 $563,582

Table Source: Equibase

Gaffalione has earned $5,849,846 alone in the 2022 season. Also, he finished second with $3.5 million earnings behind Irad Ortiz Jr. in the 2020-21 Championship Meet. Hence, given his income and outstanding professional career, Tyler Gaffalione’s net worth can be estimated to be in the millions.

Reylu Gutierrez is another jockey who has made considerable earnings.

Is Engaged to Cassidy Edwards

Gaffalione is happily engaged to his partner Cassidy Edwards who also goes by Casi. The duo got engaged in 2021. Moreover, Tyler Gaffalione’s fiancée attended The University of Alabama and has a degree in social media marketing from Rutgers University. She also handles the e5 Racing social media account and is an animal lover.

Tyler and Casi’s love story began with their common interest in horse riding. Both met for the first time on May 19, 2017, at Gulfstream Park. After the Breeders’ Cup, the couple took their relationship to another level and have been inseparable since. Looking at Tyler’s Instagram, we can tell he and his lady love have created many memories together over the years, including traveling and celebrating his achievements. They have also added several horses to their family.

Tyler Gaffalione Fiancee Cassidy Edwards
Tyler Gaffalione is engaged to Cassidy Edwards. Image Source: Tyler Gaffalione’s Instagram.

Additionally, the lovebirds brought their first house in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2020. Afterward, Tyler planned a big surprise for his then-girlfriend in July 2021. He planned a trip to the Florida Keys, where they took a boat and spent quality time together. Later that night, while going for dinner following the path of roses to their oceanside table, Gaffalione proposed to Casi.

The sweethearts are going to get married on July 12, 2022, in Schoharie, New York.

Well, the successful jockey is soon embarking on a marital journey with his soon-to-be wife, Cassidy. Also, he seems to be living a comfortable life, all thanks to his immense net worth. We hope Tyler Gaffalione achieves more success in the coming days.