The son of a trainer, James Maloney got his start in the sport by breaking horses for his father and competing in horse shows in Connecticut, New Jersey, and Delaware. Maloney’s first winner as a licensed trainer was Golden Reel in 1935 at the Rockaway Hung Meet on Long Island.
After serving in the Army, Maloney opened his own public stable. He won his first stakes race with Big If in the 1947 Remsen. Maloney earned a reputation as a patient trainer and an excellent handler of distaffers. That reputation was cemented by his work with Lamb Chop, the Champion 3-Year-Old Filly of 1963, and Hall of Famer Gamely, the Champion Handicap Female of 1968.
Maloney won three consecutive editions of the Vanity Handicap (1967-1969). He also won the Santa Anita Derby, Beldame Stakes, and the Charles H. Strub Stakes twice each. Maloney also scored wins in the Travers Stakes, Hollywood Gold Cup, Metropolitan Handicap, Suburban Handicap, Brooklyn Handicap, Coaching Club American Oaks, and the Santa Margarita Stakes.
Maloney conditioned 42 stakes winners from 1947 through 1984. One of his proudest moments came in the 1977 Marlboro Cup when he saddled the longest shot in the race, Proud Birdie, who won at a payoff of $84.40 for $2 to win.
James Maloney was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1989.
Maloney with Champion Filly Lamb Chop