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J. Dallett Byers

J. Dallett Byers
Induction Year: 
1967
Career Years: 
1916-1931
Number of Mounts: 
457
Number of Winners: 
149
Winning Percentage: 
32.60%

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    Dolly Byers competed in steeplechase races from 1916 through 1931 when he retired to work as a trainer. During his riding career he won almost 1/3 of the races he entered.

 

    In his first steeplechase race Dolly Byers fell and did not finish. Despite such a poor beginning, Byers persevered and later won three steeplechase riding championships.

 

    Byers' mounts included Jolly RogerFairmount, Houdini, Barleycorn, Lorenzo, Lizard, Arc Light, and MacCarthy More. He won the Temple Gwathmey Steeplechase five years in a row and at Pimlico rode in the Manley Steeplechase thirteen times, winning seven and finishing out of the money only once. An injury while riding Jolly Roger took Byers out of racing for two years. He returned to ride for one more season before retiring to become a trainer.

 

    As a trainer Byers' clients included William duPont Jr.'s Foxcatcher Farm and Mrs. F. Ambrose Clark. For Mrs. Clark he trained horses for flat and jump racing for 11 years. His winners included Tea-Maker, Lovely Night, Invader, Royal Archer, and Chesapeake.

 

    Dolly Byers was the nation's leading steeplechase jockey in 1918, '21, and 28, and was the leading money winner in 1928. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1967.

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