Haroon Alvin Baksh


Haroon Alvin Baksh was born in August, 1951, the son of Tasmool and Shairoon Baksh who resided on Mausica Street in Arima.

Although he was born at his maternal grandparent’s home in San Fernando, Haroon arrived in Arima when he was only one week old.

The only son and eldest of seven children, Haroon attended both the Arima Boys’ Government School and the Arima Boys’ Roman Catholic School, before moving on to the Arima Government Secondary School where he graduated in 1968.

At the time Haroon initially entered the workforce, he served as a Desk Clerk, Waiter, and Barman at the Scarlet Ibis Hotel. In 1969, he then took a position as a Sales Representative at Trinidad Pipe Limited.

Always an enterprising and ambitious man, Haroon opened a Transport and Trucking Company along with a Construction Company, while still part of the Trinidad Pipe Limited team. He operated both companies until 1988. Additionally, in 1982 Haroon also established Baksh Building Supplies, a prosperous hardware store which he operated until 1988, at which time he left Trinidad and relocated to the United States.

In addition to his enterprising business career, Haroon also had a career as a professional jockey and accomplished equine athlete. In 1972, he obtained his Jockeys license and competed for several years in Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados until 1988.

Among the highlights of his horse racing career was receiving the Carib Brewery Chairman’s Award as Outstanding Apprentice in 1975. While still an Apprentice, Haroon made history in 1975 by winning two races in one day, on the same horse! The unforgettable horse was named Belle Marie, and the memorable venue was Shirvan Park in Tobago.

During his equine career, Haroon’s contributions to the sport of horse racing were not limited to only those of a professional jockey. He also dutifully served as Assistant Secretary and then President of the Jockey’s Association for several years. Haroon also was a member of the Jockey Colony of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

At the conclusion of his esteemed racing career at the age of 51 in 2001, Haroon rode his final race at the prestigious, world-renowned, historic Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Since his retirement from racing, Haroon has enjoyed traveling internationally; also, his hobbies include boating and soccer.

On December 8th, 1973, Haroon married Gloria Bovell and they share two children, Nikkos and Nikkole.

Nikkos graduated from Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and New York University Stern School of Business with advanced Degrees in both Mechanical Engineering and Finance. Nikkole attended Drew University and earned a degree in Liberal Arts with Honours in Dance and Theatre.

Haroon’s Hardware Store – Baksh Building Supplies, which he operated before he emigrated.
Haroon in jockey garbs in Port of Spain jockey’s room
Carib Brewery Chairman’s Award as the outstanding apprentice in 1975 at the Queen’s Park Savannah
My first win for Basil Bonair – 24 horses in a race going 5 furlongs, I rode horse No 22 and won, at Arima Santa Rosa Park. Horse name was ‘April Song’
Arima Santa Rosa Park with horse trainer Arima’s Basil Bonair, with horse ‘Indian Rights’, owned by Arimian Club Owner Kenneth Hernandez (Jadoo)
Winning at Arima Santa Rosa Park with horse ‘Gamble in Gold’
‘Lady Madonna’, train by Hollis Bhopa and led in by Mrs. Catherine Bhopa at Union Park, Marabella
Barbara Mendez leading in ‘Chit Chat’ at Arima Santa Rosa Park
‘Fantasea’ lead in by both Arimians – Carl Rodriguez and Carl Crevelle (Fat Carl) from Netto Ville. That was in Port of Spain – my final victory in Trinidad 26/12/1987 – Boxing day
In New York, from left to right, Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, Haroon Baksh, Mike Smith and Jose Santos. Proud to have ridden in a race with all these Hall of Fame Jockeys.
The final ride of my career at the prestigious Saratoga Race Track in upstate New York in 2001 at the ripe old age of 51

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