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Clarence Kummer

Clarence Kummer
Induction Year: 
1972
Career Years: 
1916-1928
Number of Mounts: 
2,468
Number of Winners: 
464
Winning Percentage: 
18.80%

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Bio

    A two-time winner of the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, Clarence Kummer led American jockeys in earnings in 1920 with $292,376. He won 87 of his 353 races that year, a campaign during which he piloted the mighty Man o’ war to nine wins in nine starts and set a track record in the Saratoga Handicap with Sir Barton, who won the first Triple Crown the year before.

 

    Kummer was born in New York City in 1899. He battled weight gains throughout his career, but won numerous prestigious races. In addition to his two wins in the Preakness and Belmont, Kummer won the Travers Stakes, Westchester Handicap, Aqueduct Handicap, Dwyer Stakes, Jerome Handicap, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Manhattan Handicap, Saratoga Handicap, Withers Stakes (2), Carter Handicap, Demoiselle Stakes, Suburban Handicap (2), Toboggan Handicap, Tremont Stakes (2), Hopeful Stakes and Maryland Handicap.

 

    After his riding career, Kummer worked as an exercise rider for Hall of Fame trainer “Sunny” Jim Fitzsimmons. Kummer was attempting a comeback in 1930 when he died of pneumonia at the age of 31.

 

    Clarence Kummer was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1972.

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