Jordan Derue

Birthdate: 7/16/90

Place of Birth:  Winchester, Ontario

Current Hometown: Malta, NY

Colors: Tan, Black & White


Jordan Derue, just one of the four youngest drivers racing at the Spa Oval, was our first Driver of the Week, honored by the SHHA. Jordan brings a fresh face and new generation of excitement to racing here in Saratoga.


Having grown up as part of a family full of horsemen including his father and several uncles that train horses, one of Jordan’s fondest childhood memories is following his dad around as he worked long days as a trainer in Morrisburg, Ontario. According to Jordan, his father Jim, who also worked as a farrier here on the grounds, taught him almost everything he knows about horses including one of his most valuable skills.


“My dad taught me how to watch and feel what the horse wants to show me about them,” describes Jordan. “Knowing if the horse is sound or not is a very important part of racing.”


Having spent many hours in the barns and around the track, Jordan picked up many important lessons such as what problems trainers can encounter, as well as how to find a solution. When he was 13, Jordan’s family decided to relocate to Saratoga Springs. Shortly after, Jordan took his first job at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway working for Henry Westbrook. He later opened his own stable at the age of 18.


Jordan’s ease of speech and steady disposition carries over onto the racetrack. It’s as though he is directly connected to the hooves of his charge, pushing the horse to the next level and bringing Jordan across the finish line first.


Jordan states that 'Overwhelming Share' was the best horse he has ever trained and owned himself. 


Jordan's first win came at Vernon Downs in 2009 with Daylong Chance. He received the Johnny Page award for up-and-coming driver in 2009, voted in by the Saratoga Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association. In 2014 he finished second in the trainer standings and sixth in the driver standings and was voted 2014 Horseman of the Year. He was also the trainer of 2014 Claiming Trotter ($12,500 and up) of the Year, Fear The Football.


Jordan enjoys playing hockey when not driving horses. 

Driving Record

 Year Starts  1st  2nd  3rd  UDR  Purses 
2014  738  121  106  95  .287  $781,256 
2013  756 113 110 100  .274  $716,266 
2012  233  19  22  24  .168  $106,583 
2011  246  24  21  24  .178  $120,287 

Training Record:

 Year Starts  1st  2nd  3rd  UTR  Purses 
2014  431  96  73  61  .364  $555,902 
2013  280  51  56  39  .340  $313,083 
2012 233 19  22  24  .342  $106,583 
2011  231  28  31  32  .242  $138,467 

Jordan Derue
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