Hall of Fame, Jockey

G. Edward Arcaro
Inducted - 1958

Riding Career:1931-1961
Number of Mounts:24,092
Number of Winners:4,779
Winning Percentage:19.8

Arcaro rode his first winner south of the border at Aqua Caliente in 1932. His career began before the film patrol was used, a time when riding was much rougher. In 1942 he was suspended for a year for attempting to unseat another rider. Upon his return, Arcaro's renown as a jockey grew and led to his nickname, The Master.

Arcaro was known as a jockey with great hands and seat. He excelled in switching the whip and possessed a fine sense of pace. He earned the respect of major trainers, including Ben Jones and James 'Sunny Jim' Fitzsimmons.

Significant Mounts

Whirlaway Citation Kelso
Bold Ruler Hill Prince Nashua
Assault Sword Dancer Challedon
Real Delight Native Dancer High Gun
Jaipur Nellie Flag First Flight

Arcaro won all of the most important races of his day and had the best mounts, including eleven Hall of Fame horses. Of the many horses he rode, Arcaro considered Citation the best of all.

Principal Races Won

5 Kentucky Derbys 6 Preakness Stakes
6 Belmont Stakes 8 Suburban Handicaps
10 J. Club Gold Cups 4 Metropolitans

Eddie Arcaro won repeat victories in many important stakes. He is the only jockey to have won two Triple Crowns and he won a total of 5 Kentucky Derbys and 6 Preakness and Belmont Stakes.


Awards and Achievements

Winner of two Triple Crowns, on Whirlaway and Citation
America's leading money winner six times
Retired with record purse earnings of $30,039,543
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, 1953
Inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1958

Arcaro's achievements included leading all jockeys in earnings for six years and retiring with record purse earnings. Eddie Arcaro was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1958.

Arcaro & Kelso winning '61 Met
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