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Carroll H. Shilling

Carroll H. Shilling
Induction Year: 
1970
Career Years: 
1904-1912
Number of Mounts: 
3,838
Number of Winners: 
969
Winning Percentage: 
25.20%

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Bio

    A Texas native and one of four brothers who became jockeys, Carroll “Cal” Shilling cut his teeth on the bush tracks of the Southwest before rising to prominence in the East. Hall of Fame trainer Sam Hildreth said that Shilling was the greatest rider he ever saw.

 

    Shilling led American jockeys in earnings in 1910 with $176,030. He won 34 percent (172-for-506) of his races that year, including the Travers Stakes, Alabama Stakes, Gazelle Handicap, Dwyer Stakes, Saratoga Special, Paumonok Handicap, Van Courtlandt Handicap, Belmont Futurity and Spinaway Stakes.

 

    After finishing second in the 1909 Kentucky Derby, Shilling won the Run for the Roses in 1912 with Worth. That year, however, was Shilling’s last as a jockey. Having already been suspended numerous times for rough riding, Shilling was banned from the sport for good for striking another jockey with his whip during a race in Maryland. Although this sort of behavior was common during that era, Shilling was never granted a license to ride again despite numerous appeals.

 

    Shilling remained in racing as a stableman. He eventually went to work for J.K.L. Ross, a major stable

 

    Carroll Shilling was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1970.

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