American Hall of Fame jockey who placed 15th on the all-time winners list when he retired, with 5,893 wins.
His first mount, Pegged Rate, ran off the board; he switched mounts the next day, and this time Fetch helped him deliver his first career win in November, 1974.
He revealed in his 2005 book Against the Odds: Riding for My Life, that he had struggled with alcoholism during the early part of his career.
He was born in Dallas, Texas.
He grew up idolizing renowned jockey Willie Shoemaker.