A top jockey for 30 years before a wrist injury forced him to retire in 2003, Ardoin was a leading rider in Louisiana and Texas. He won six riding titles at the Fair Grounds (four straight from 1993-96) and in 1996 was inducted into that track's Hall of Fame. On Aug. 20, 2000, he became only the 16th jockey to reach the 5,000-win plateau during a race at Louisiana Downs. He finished his career with 5,226 wins in 32,335 career mounts. He claimed five riding titles at Louisiana Downs and is the track's all-time leader by wins and stakes wins. Was the leading rider at the first Lone Star meet in 1997 with 92 wins and on July 17, 1997, rode six winners at Lone Star. He had 2,848 career wins at Louisiana Downs and 1,691 at the Fair Grounds, giving him 4,539 wins (nearly 90 percent of his career win total) at those two facilities. His win total is second among Louisiana natives behind only Eddie Delahoussaye. All told, his mounts won just under $59 million in purse money ($58,908,059). Born 6-13-57 in Carencro.