Steve Cauthen (born May 1 1960) is a retired American jockey. Cauthen the son of a trainer and a farrier grew up in Walton Kentucky around horses which (along with his small size) made race-riding a logical career choice. He rode his first race on May 12 1976 at Churchill Downs; he finished last riding King of Swat. He rode his first winner (Red Pipe) less than a week later at River Downs. His rise to prominence was meteoric; he was the nation's leader in race wins in 1977 with 487. In only his second year of riding he became the first jockey to win $6 million in a single season passing that mark in December 1977 on a three-year-old filly called Little Happiness in the sixth race at Aqueduct Racetrack. After that he was called The Six Million Dollar Man and Stevie Wonder.