James Eugene Avant
(born December 7
) is an American jockey
in Thoroughbred horse racing
. Riding almost exclusively in his native Louisiana, during his career he has won more than
2,500 races. At Evangeline Downs
, he shares the record with Curt Bourque
of having ridden six winners on a single racecard, in 1988 & 1995.
Janmes Avant has been the leading rider five times at Evangeline Downs and holds the record for most riding titles at Delta Downs with seven.