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Albert Johnson

Albert Johnson
Induction Year: 
1971
Career Years: 
1917-1929
Number of Mounts: 
3,199
Number of Winners: 
503
Winning Percentage: 
15.70%

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Bio

    Albert Johnson rode from 1917 through 1929 and won 15.7% of his races. He began his career in racing as a stable hand but graduated to race riding in 1917.

 

     By 1922 Johnson had moved his tack to the East Coast. Johnson's abilities were soon recognized and he was hired as a contract rider by owner Willis Sharpe Kilmer. Johnson considered Kilmer's Exterminator, his best mount.

 

    Albert Johnson was the leading money winning rider in 1922 when he guided Exterminator to victory in the gelding's best season. The two won the Saratoga Cup, the Brooklyn Handicap under 135 pounds, the Kentucky Handicap under 138, and the Toronto Autumn Cup under 132. Johnson rode two Kentucky Derby winners: Morvich in 1922, and Bubbling Over in 1926. He also won consecutive Belmont Stakes on American Flag in 1925 andCrusader in 1926. Other important victories included the Belmont Futurity on Sally's Alley, the Alabama and Pimlico Oaks on Maid at Arms, and the Champagne on Bubbling Over.

 

    After his retirement from racing, Albert Johnson remained near the tracks. He was a trainer for childhood friend Bing Crosby. He also worked as a clocker and a racing official.

 

    Albert Johnson was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1971.

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