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Don Brumfield

Don Brumfield
Induction Year: 
1996
Career Years: 
1954-1989
Number of Mounts: 
33,222
Number of Winners: 
4,573
Winning Percentage: 
14.00%

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Bio

    Don Brumfield was born May 24, 1938 in Nicholasville, Ky. He rode his first winner on Aug. 2, 1954 at Monmouth Park aboard a horse trained by his father, Edgar Brumfield.

 

    Brumfield rode the Kentucky circuit for most of his career and had won more races at Churchill Downs and Keeneland than any other rider at the time of his retirement (both records have since been broken by Pat Day). He won 16 riding titles at Churchill Downs and 12 at Keeneland.

    In 1966, Brumfield won the Kentucky Oaks aboard Native Street and then won the Kentucky Derby the next day with Kauai King. Brumfield and Kauai King went on to also win the Preakness Stakes.

    Brumfield rode a number of star horses, including champions Forward Pass, Gold Beauty, Our Mims, and Old Hat. He also was aboard Hall of Famer Alysheba when he broke his maiden at Turfway Park.

    Other notable races won by Brumfield include the Falls City Handicap (7), Spinster Stakes, Kentucky Derby, Breeders’ Futurity Stakes (5), Ashland Stakes (3), Apple Blossom Handicap, Flower Bowl Invitational, Diana Handicap, Cornhusker Handicap, and Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes.

    Brumfield was presented the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1988.

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