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J. Linus McAtee

J. Linus McAtee
Induction Year: 
1956
Number of Mounts: 
5,752
Number of Winners: 
930
Winning Percentage: 
16.20%

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   J. Linus McAtee began his career as an exercise rider at Pimlico where a trainer once said that the only thing he could get around the track safely was a stable pony. McAtee became one of the most successful jockeys of his era, winning 16.2% of his races, but was always known as "Pony" McAtee.

   Pony McAtee was a contract rider for Commander J.K.L. Ross, but he also rode for R.L. Gerry, Harry Payne Whitney, George Widener, and C.V. Whitney. McAtee considered champions Exterminatorand Twenty Grand the best horses he had ridden.

   McAtee won many of the most important races of his day, but considered the 1930 Metropolitan Handicap with Jack High as his best race.

 

   In 1928 Pony McAtee was the nation's leading jockey in stakes victories and in money earned. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1956.

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