Ouzts currently ranks 18th among all riders by number of wins. Of those ahead of him on the list, only Russell Baze (1st), Ouzts’s cousin Earlie Fires (9th), Edgar Prado (11th), and Mario Pino (15th) are still active.
Ouzts grew up in Rivervale, Ark., riding horses with Fires, who’s already in racing’s Hall of Fame. He began his career at Beulah Park in 1973 and has been a consistent leader on the Ohio circuit ever since, holding a record 24 meet titles at River Downs and at least 11 at Beulah Park. He earned his first riding title at Turfway in the 2010 Fall Meet. Ouzts and his wife, Toni, live in Hebron, Ky.
Joe Six Pack is owned by Billy, Donna, and Justin Hays and trained by Joe Woodard. By Silver Deputy out of the Dixieland Band mare Dixie Melody, Joe Six Pack has 20 wins, 10 seconds, and 11 thirds in 69 career starts for earnings of $373,715. He has two wins in three starts this year.