Hall of Fame, Jockey

Gilbert W. Patrick
Inducted - 1970

Riding Career:1836-1879
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Gilbert Patrick, whose name was often abbreviated to 'Gilpatrick', rode in the mid 19th century and is considered America's first great jockey.

Born in New York in 1812, Gilpatrick first gained prominence as a rider aboard Boston in the 1830's. Boston won 40 races out of 45 starts but lost to Fashion in an early match between North and South.

Later, Gilpatrick rode Boston's son Lexington to set a world record for four miles at 7:19 3/4 in New Orleans. Gilpatrick was the inaugural winner of three races: the Travers, Saratoga Cup, and Belmont Stakes.

Significant Mounts

Boston Lexington Kentucky
Ruthless Alice Carneal Lodi
Blacknose Lord of Lorn Bascombe
Omega Blue Dick Santa Anna

At age 67 Gilpatrick was still winning races. Three years later he caught a cold at Jerome Park and died of pneumonia.

Gilbert W. Patrick was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1970.

Lexington, painted by Edward Troye
NMR Collection

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