Frankie Dettori is a wealthy Italian horse jockey with a fortune of $18 million. Frankie Dettori was born on December 15, 1970, in Milan, Italy. Dettori’s first horse was a Palomino pony that his father purchased him when he was 12 years old. When he was 16 years old, he won his first race at Turin in November 1986.
Lanfranco “Frankie” Dettori MBE born 15 December 1970 is a British-based Italian horse racing jockey. Dettori has won three times as Champion Jockey and has ridden the winners of almost 500 Group events. This includes twenty English classics winners. In 1996, he was the only rider to ride all seven winners on British Champions’ Day at Ascot. He is the son of Gianfranco Dettori, a well-known Sardinian jockey who was a frequent winner in Italy. Lester Piggott has dubbed him “the best jockey in the world right now.”
Until his fifteenth attempt on 2 June 2007 riding the Peter Chapple-Hyam trained Authorized, Dettori had never won a British Classic Race in his career. He won the Prix du Jockey Club the next day aboard Lawman, completing a Derby double.
Dettori became the face of “Jockey” yogurt in 2007, which is sold all throughout Europe but is notably popular in France. The sweet flavor of the product caused some controversy at first, but sales have increased marginally thanks to Dettori’s advertising campaign, “Frankie knows what you a-like!”
Dettori was found guilty of taking a prohibited substance believed to be cocaine in November 2012, after failing a drug test while riding in France in September. On December 5, 2012, Dettori was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance assumed to be cocaine. “He also acknowledges that he has let down the sport he loves and all those affiliated with it, as well as the wider public,” his lawyer said in a statement.
On the eleventh series of the British reality show Celebrity Big Brother, Dettori was the fifth person to be evicted in January 2013.
Dettori returned to racing on May 31, 2013, after serving his six-month suspension. He won his first race riding Asian Trader at Sandown a week later.
Dettori was the retained rider for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing in the United Kingdom from June 2013 to July 2018.
He had ridden more than 3,000 wins in Great Britain at the end of the 2017 season, more than 750 more than the next most active jockey.
Dettori and Ray Cochrane were passengers on a Piper Seneca jet that crashed on takeoff in Newmarket on its route to Goodwood, Sussex, in 2000, killing pilot Patrick Mackey. Dettori was sent to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a fractured right foot and an injured thumb and spent many weeks there.
On the evening of August 25, 2006, thieves stole numerous of Dettori’s awards from his residence. Three Gold Cups and his MBE from Japan are among the items that are gone.