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Earl Sande

Earle Sande
Earl Sande
Induction Year: 
1955
Number of Mounts: 
3,673
Number of Winners: 
968
Winning Percentage: 
26.40%

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   Earl Sande was one of the most popular jockeys of the 20's and 30's. He won 26.4% of his races and was immortalized by the poet Damon Runyon, who called Sande the "Handy Guy".

   Sande was born in South Dakota and began his riding career at local fairs in the West. In 1917 he began riding Thoroughbreds in New Orleans. Within a year he joined Cal Shilling and John Loftus as a contract rider for Cmmdr. J.K.L. Ross.

   Sande rode the best horses of his day. In 1923 he won 39 stakes, 10 on champion Zev, including the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, and a match race with English Derby winner Papyrus. After retiring in 1929, Sande returned briefly to take Gallant Fox on his Triple Crown sweep in 1930. He considered Man o' War his best mount.

   Earl Sande won repeat victories in the most important races of his era, including 3 Kentucky Derbys, 5 Belmont Stakes, and 5 Jockey Club Gold Cups.

   Sande took up training after his retirement in 1932. He was America's leading trainer in 1938 after developing champion 3-year-old Stagehand. At age 55 Sande returned briefly to the saddle. He won once and then retired permanently. He died in 1968.

   Earl Sande was the nation's leading rider in 1921, 1923, and 1927. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1955.

 

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