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Conn McCreary

Conn McCreary
Induction Year: 
1975
Career Years: 
1939-1960
Number of Mounts: 
8,881
Number of Winners: 
1,263
Winning Percentage: 
14.20%

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Bio

    Conn McCreary was born in St. Louis, Mo., on June 17, 1921. He began his professional riding career in 1937 and earned his first win the following year at Arlington Park.

     In 1941, McCreary won his first big race when he captured the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland with Our Boots, defeating that year'seventual Triple Crown winner, Whirlaway.

    Three years later, McCreary piloted Calumet Farm’s Pensive to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes before finishing a half-length shy of the Triple Crown with a defeat to Bounding Home in the Belmont.

    McCreary won his second Kentucky Derby with Count Turf in 1951 and added a second win in the Preakness aboard Blue Man in 1952.

    McCreary rode throughout the country and captured numerous major victories, including the Travers Stakes, Alabama Stakes (2), Clark Handicap (2), Hopeful Stakes, Sanford Stakes (3), Schuylerville Stakes, Spinaway Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup (2), Saratoga Special, Test Stakes (2), Acorn Stakes (2), Coaching Club American Oaks, Diana Handicap (4), Monmouth Handicap, Massachusetts Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap, Vosburgh Stakes (2), Dwyer Stakes, Vagrancy Handicap (2) and Brooklyn Handicap.

    McCreary rode some of the top horses of his era, including Hall of Famers Devil Diver, Armed, Twilight Tear and Stymie. 

    Conn McCreary was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1975.

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