More than anything else, Arthur Boyd “Bull” Hancock, Jr. was identifiable as a working horseman, the first of his profession to be elected to The Jockey Club. One of the most astute and accomplished breeders in American racing history, Hancock was also a prominent and respected leader in the sport who built upon an already grand foundation to further develop and entrench historic Claiborne Farm as arguably the most important horse farm in the world.
The breeder and owner of Triple Crown winners Gallant Fox and Omaha and a longtime chairman of The Jockey Club, William Woodward, Sr. was one of the most significant figures in American racing during the 20th century.
Rachel Alexandra decimated the Kentucky Oaks field by an astonishing 20¼ lengths … she became the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years … she romped by 19¼ lengths in a record-setting Mother Goose performance … she crushed the Belmont Stakes winner during a tour-de-force effort in the Haskell … and for the cherry on top she delivered a spine-tingling performance that was all heart in winning a historic edition of the Woodward at Saratoga.
Originally purchased for the bargain price of $500 by John F. Chamberlain at the 1873 Woodburn Stud Farm yearling sale, Tom Ochiltree was a massive bay colt that stood 17 hands when fully developed. One of the last great sons of the mighty stallion Lexington, Tom Ochiltree established himself as an elite runner in the 1870s, winning the 1875 Preakness Stakes and later several prestigious distance races for owner George Lorillard’s Westbrook Stable.
Throughout her historic four years on the American turf, Zenyatta was affectionately known as “The Queen” by her most ardent fans, an appropriate moniker considering the way she ruled racing throughout her exceptional career.
Talented, intelligent, determined and poised. Those are just a few of the many superlatives used to describe Ramon Dominguez on the racetrack. Classy, humble and engaging are additional traits commonly associated with one of the most popular jockeys and consummate professionals in all of thoroughbred racing during his era.
In a golden age of racing that featured legendary jockeys such as Arcaro, Atkinson, Longden, Westrope and Woolf, a product of Rexburg, Idaho, named Wayne Danforth Wright proved himself to belong in such elite company.
Steve Asmussen’s time as a jockey didn’t amount to much glory — he registered only 63 wins before he outgrew the saddle — but Asmussen’s brief stint as a rider was only a precursor to one of the most successful training careers in American racing history and a spot in the Hall of Fame.