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Daniel A. Maher

Daniel A. Maher
Induction Year: 
1955
Number of Mounts: 
6,781
Number of Winners: 
1,771
Winning Percentage: 
26.10%

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   Danny Maher was a turn of the century rider who won 26.1% of his races. He became a jockey at age 14 and served his apprenticeship under Bill Daly, a well known trainer of jockeys. Maher had his first victory on his second mount, a mark of a winning future in racing.

   In America Maher was best known for winning the Metropolitan on Ethelbert, the Brooklyn and Toboggan on Banaster, the Champagne on Lothario, and the Ladies Handicap on Oneck Queen.

   Maher was a leading jockey during a period when anti-gambling sentiment was at a peak. Restrictions on racing led Maher and other jockeys to leave America for Europe where they quickly made a mark on European racing. In England Maher won 1,421 races with 25% of his mounts. He won his first English classic on Aida in the 1901 One Thousand Guineas and later won two-thirds of England's Triple Crown with Rock Sand. He also won three Epsom Derbys, five Eclipse Stakes, and two Ascot Gold Cups.

   Danny Maher was America's leading jockey in 1898 and Britain's leading jockey in 1908 and 1913 when he became a British citizen. Maher was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1955.

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