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Henry F. Griffin

Henry F. Griffin
Induction Year: 
1956
Number of Mounts: 
1,900
Number of Winners: 
569
Winning Percentage: 
29.90%

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   Henry Griffin rode in the latter years of the 19th century. Winning 29.9% of his races, makes Griffin one of the leading jockeys of all time.

   At the age of 14 Henry F. Griffin was taken from an orphanage to be apprenticed to trainer Jim Shields. Within three years Griffin was one of the top jockeys in the country.

   In 1894 Griffin won the richest race of the season, The Futurity, aboard champion The Butterflies. In 1894 and 1895, he won 31% of his races, placing him second to Willie Simms and Soup Perkins, the country's leading riders.

   In 1895 Griffin rode The Butterflies again to win the Gazelle. He also won the Travers with Liza and rode champion Henry of Navarre in defeat of Domino, Clifford, and Rey El Santa Anita.

   The following year Griffin and Henry of Navarre won the Suburban, but by 1897 the winning jockey had grown too heavy to continue as a rider. He retired at age 20 for a career in business.

   Henry F. Griffin was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1956.

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