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Hall of Fame - Jockeys

Name Inducted Biography
Ramon A. Dominguez 2016

Talented, intelligent, determined and poised. Those are just a few of the many superlatives used to describe Ramon Dominguez on the racetrack. Classy, humble and engaging are additional traits commonly associated with one of the most popular jockeys and consummate professionals in all of thoroughbred racing during his era.

 

Wayne D. Wright 2016

In a golden age of racing that featured legendary jockeys such as Arcaro, Atkinson, Longden, Westrope and Woolf, a product of Rexburg, Idaho, named Wayne Danforth Wright proved himself to belong in such elite company.

 

Chris W. Antley 2015

Chris Antley’s calling in life was to ride racehorses.

 

Growing up in the small South Carolina town of Elloree (population 939), Antley discovered he had a rare connection with thoroughbreds.   

 

Vincent Powers 2015

Vincent Powers enjoyed a fascinating, prosperous and most unconventional career in the sport of thoroughbred racing.

 

Alex Solis Alex O. Solis 2014

Alex Solis hit one milestone early in 2014 when he turned 50. In August 2014 —  as he was closing in on 5,000 career victories as a jockey — Solis celebrated his biggest career achievement when he was immortalized as a member of the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame.

 

Lloyd Hughes Lloyd Hughes 2014

By the time he was 25 years old, Lloyd Hughes had registered a series of coveted accomplishments that placed him in the company of the greatest jockeys in America.

Calvin Borel Calvin Borel 2013

   One of the most aggressive and fearless riders in the history of American racing, Calvin Borel is also one of the most accomplished.

Anthony Hamilton 2012

    Anthony “The Black Demon” Hamilton was a natural in the irons.

John Velazquez John Velazquez 2012

One of the most accomplished and respected jockeys in the history of the sport, John Velazquez was still in the prime of his remarkable career when he was elected to the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2012.

 

Shelby "Pike" Barnes 2011

    Competing in the ancient era when African-American jockeys ruled the sport of Thoroughbred racing during the late 19th century, Shelby “Pike” Barnes was widely recognized by turf exp

Don Pierce 2010

    Don Pierce rose from humble racing roots to become one of the big money riders of the 1960s and 1970s.

Randy Romero 2010

   Randy Romero was certainly a ladies’ man.

Eddie Maple 2009

   Born in Ohio, Eddie Maple began riding horses at age 12 and won his first Thoroughbred race at 17 aboard Swami in 1966 at Charles Town.

Edgar Prado 2008

Edgar Prado was born into a racing family in Lima, Peru on June 12, 1967. His father was an exercise rider and some of his brothers had become jockeys and trainers.

Ismael Valenzuela 2008

    Ismael “Milo” Valenzuela was born in McNary, Texas, on Dec. 24, 1934, the third of 22 children.

John Sellers 2007

    Johnny Sellers was born in Los Angeles on July 31, 1937, but was raised in Oklahoma, where he gained riding experience with Quarter Horses.

Jose Santos 2007

    Born on April 26, 1961 in Concepcion, Chile, Jose Santos first raced horses at Club Hipico de Concepcion in his native land, following in the footsteps of his father and three of his seven brot

William N. Boland 2006

    Bill Boland was born on July 16, 1933 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He quickly rose to stardom when at age 16 he won the 1950 Kentucky Derby aboard Middleground while still an apprentice rider.

Thomas M. Walsh 2005

    Thomas M. “Tommy” Walsh was born on April 5, 1940 in Great Neck, N.Y. He was only 15 when he began his riding career in 1956.

James Winkfield 2004

    Jimmy Winkfield was born on April 12, 1882 in Chilesburg, Ky. He rose to fame by winning back-to-back editions of the Kentucky Derby with His Eminence in 1901 and Alan-a-Dale in 1902.

Kent Desormeaux 2004

    A native of Maurice, La., Kent Desormeaux grew up riding horses at his father’s farm and competing at local bush

Mike Smith 2003

    Mike Smith was born into a racing family in Roswell, N.M., on Aug. 10, 1965 and rode his first winner at Santa Fe Downs in 1982. His father rode horses and his uncle trained them.

Jack Westrope 2002

    Jack Westrope was born on Jan. 18, 1918 in Baker, Mont. He rose to stardom in the sport as a teenager, leading the nation in wins with 301 at age 15 in 1933.

Earlie Fires 2001

    Earlie Stancel Fires was born on March 19, 1947 in Riverdale, Ark. He received his jockey license in 1964 and won his first race in March of 1965 at Oaklawn Park.

Julie Krone 2000

   Julie Krone was born on July 24, 1963 in Benton Harbor, Mich. She won 17 percent of her races (3,704 of 21,411) and rode horses earning more than $90 million.

Russell Baze 1999

Russell Baze concluded a remarkable 42-year career in June of 2016 with 12,842 career wins, more than any jockey in North American racing history.

 

Jacinto Vasquez 1998

    Jacinto Vasquez was born in Panama in 1944 and was a leading apprentice rider in his native country before movin

Gary Stevens 1997

    Gary Stevens was born in Caldwell, Idaho, on March 6, 1963.

Don Brumfield 1996

    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.

 

George Barbee George Barbee 1996

George Barbee won the inaugural Preakness Stakes in 1873 aboard Survivor and added two more victories in what later became known as the second jewel of the American Triple Crown series.

Jerry Bailey 1995

A seven-time Eclipse Award winner, Jerry Bailey won 5,894 races in his career, including two wins in each Triple Crown race and 15 Breeders’ Cup victories.

 

Steve Cauthen 1994

   Steve Cauthen was born May 1, 1960 in Covington, Ky.

Eddie Delahoussaye 1993

    Eddie Delahoussaye was born Sept.

Jerry Fishback 1992

     Jerry Fishback was born on April 9, 1947 in Warrenton, Va.

Sandy Hawley 1992

    Sandy Hawley was born on April 16, 1949 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He took an unusual path to the track, spending time as a plumber before he became a jockey.

Pat Day 1991

    Pat Day was born on Oct. 13, 1953 in Brush, Colo.

Jorge Velasquez 1990

    Jorge Velasquez was born on Dec. 28, 1946 in Chepo, Panama.

Chris McCarron 1989

    Chris McCarron was born in Boston on March 27, 1955 and was introduced to the sport of Thoroughbred racing by his older brother, Greg.

Angel Cordero, Jr. 1988

    One of the fiercest competitors and most popular figures in the history of Thoroughbred racing, Angel Cordero, Jr. was born Nov. 8, 1942 in Santurce, Puerto Rico.

Walter Blum 1987

    Walter Blum was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept, 28, 1934.

James H. Butwell 1984

    James “Jimmy” Butwell was born in Michigan in 1892. He served as a stable boy and exercise rider for three years before he debuted as a jockey in 1907 at a small track in Colorado.

John L. Rotz 1983

    John Rotz was born in Warrensburg, Ill., in 1934 and went to work at Fairmount Park following his graduation from high school in 1952.

Thomas H. Burns 1983

     Thomas Burns was born in Canada in 1879 and rode his first winner on June 1, 1895, a filly name

Avelino Gomez 1982

    Avelino Gomez was born in Havana, Cuba, in 1928. He won his first race in Mexico City when he was 17, but it was in Canada where Gomez made a name for himself.

 

Robert N. Ussery 1980

    Bobby Ussery was born in 1935 in Vian, Okla., and he began his career as a professional jockey w

Ron Turcotte 1979

    Ron Turcotte was born on July 22, 1941 in Drummond, New Brunswick, Canada.

Ivan H. Parke 1978

    Ivan Parke was one of five brothers who left an Idaho farm to find success in racing.

Joe Aitcheson, Jr. 1978

    Joe Aitcheson, Jr. was born on July 31, 1928 in Olney, Md.

Manuel Ycaza 1977

   Manuel Ycaza was born in Panama in 1938 and became the first of many Latin jockeys to find considerable success riding in the United States. 

Willie Simms 1977

    Willie Simms was born on Jan.

Braulio Baeza 1976

     Braulio Baeza was born on March 26, 1940 in Panama City, Panama.

Conn McCreary 1975

    Conn McCreary was born in St. Louis, Mo., on June 17, 1921.

Laffit Pincay, Jr. 1975

    Laffit Pincay, Jr. was born on Dec. 29, 1946 in Panama City, Panama.

Alfred P. Smithwick 1973

    Alfred "Paddy" Smithwick and his younger brother D.M. Smithwick were two of the most successful rider-trainer teams in racing history.

Bayard Tuckerman, Jr. 1973

    Bayard Tuckerman, Jr. purchased his first Thoroughbred at age 11.

Robert H. Crawford 1973

    West Virginia native Robert “Specs” Crawford was a top steeplechase jockey during the 1920s.

Sam Boulmetis, Sr. 1973

    While preparing for a career as a printer, Boulmetis left his apprenticeship for the backstretch at Laurel Race Course.

Caroll K. Bassett 1972

Winner of more than 100 steeplechase races

 

Clarence Kummer 1972

    A two-time winner of the Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, Clarence Kummer led American jockeys in earnings in 1920 with $292,376.

O. Eric Guerin 1972

    Eric Guerin was born in Maringouin, Louisiana, and began his career at age 16.

Alfred Robertson 1971

    Robertson grew up in a family with an interest in Thoroughbreds. His first contract employer was his father, owner-trainer Ross Robertson.

Albert Johnson 1971

    Albert Johnson rode from 1917 through 1929 and won 15.7% of his races. He began his career in racing as a stable hand but graduated to race riding in 1917.

 

Carroll H. Shilling 1970

    A Texas native and one of four brothers who became jockeys, Carroll “Cal” Shilling cut his teeth on the bush tracks of the Southwest before rising to prominence in the East.

Frank Coltiletti 1970

    Frank Coltiletti was a leading rider in the 1920's. He had begun riding at age 14 and weighed a grand total of 59 pounds that first year.

Frank D. Adams 1970

    Dooley Adams was a steeplechase jockey who rode from 1944-1956. He brought home winners 25.7% of the time.

 

Gilbert W. Patrick 1970

    Gilbert Patrick, whose name was often abbreviated to 'Gilpatrick', rode in the mid 19th century and is considered America's first great jockey.

 

Samuel Purdy 1970

    Samuel Purdy was a well known amateur rider in the early 19th century, but he gained lasting fame as a substitute rider in the first Thoroughbred battle between North and South.

 

Mack Garner 1969

    Race riding clearly ran in his Mack Garners's family. His father, great grandfather and four brothers were all jockeys.

William J. Knapp 1969

    William Knapp rode in the early years of this century and brought home winners 15.5% of the time. He was born in the Midwest and won his first race at age 13.

George Bostwick 1968

    George Bostwick's career covered the years of the Great Depression and World War II. He won an impressive 28.4% of the steeplechase races he entered.

 

James Stout 1968

    Jimmy Stout rode primarily in the 1940's and 50's and brought home winners 15.6% of the time. He began his career as a stable boy and received his first mount from trainer Charles Miller.

Rigan McKinney 1968

    Rigan McKinney rode steeplechase races during the years of the Great Depression.

Charles Kurtsinger 1967

    Charles Kurtsinger rode from 1924 to 1939. He was born in Kentucky and learned race riding from his jockey father and from veteran rider Mack Garner.

J. Dallett Byers 1967

    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.

 

John Adams 1965

    John Adams was nicknamed the "Iola Mite" for his boyhood home in Kansas. Due to his mother's opposition, Adams won his first race at age 20 without an apprentice license.

Joe Notter 1963

    Joe Notter rode in the early years of this century. Unfortunately, a complete race record is not available for him.

 

Steve Brooks 1963

    Steve Brooks rode over 30,000 races from 1938 to 1975 and had a winning percentage of 14.7.

 

Lavelle Ensor 1962

   Buddy Ensor was born in Maryland in 1900 and was introduced to racing by trainer H. Guy Bedwell. Small in size, Ensor rode at 106 pounds and could wear a size 4 1/2 shoe.

Ralph Neves 1960

   Neves began riding at age 13 under the supervision of trainer J.J. Millerick. Neves spent most of his career on the West Coast, although he also rode for Anthony Pelleteri and W.E.

John P. Loftus 1959

   In his final year in the irons, Johnny Loftus was the regular rider of two of the most famous Thoroughbreds of all time.

William J. Hartack 1959

   Bill Hartack rode in the third quarter of this century and won with 19.8% of his mounts. He was born in Pennsylvania and rode his first winner at West Virginia's Waterford Park at age 20.

Eddie Arcaro G. Edward Arcaro 1958

   Arcaro rode his first winner south of the border at Aqua Caliente in 1932. His career began before the film patrol was used, a time when riding was much rougher.

John Eric Longden 1958

   John Longden had one of the longest careers in Thoroughbred race riding; he retired at age 59 after winning 18.6% of his races.

William Shoemaker William Shoemaker 1958

   During an illustrious career that lasted more than 50 years, Bill Shoemaker was one of the most successful jockeys in the annals of Thoroughbred racing.

Ted F. Atkinson 1957

   Ted Atkinson rode from 1938 to 1959 and spent half of his career as a contract rider for Greentree Stable. He won 16% of his races.

Frank O'Neill 1956

Frank O'Neill rode in America and Europe during the first third of this century. A complete race record is not available for him.

Henry F. Griffin 1956

   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.

J. Linus McAtee 1956

   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.

John Reiff 1956

   John Reiff rode at the turn-of-the-century and was introduced to racing by his older brother Lester, also a jockey.

Raymond Workman 1956

   Raymond "Sonny" Workman began his riding career at age 17 in Ohio. He won 20% of his races from 1926 through 1940.

Daniel A. Maher 1955

   Danny Maher was a turn of the century rider who won 26.1% of his races. He became a jockey at age 14 and served his apprenticeship under Bill Daly, a well known trainer of jockeys.

Earle Sande Earl Sande 1955

   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".

Edward Garrison 1955

   Edward "Snapper" Garrison rode in the latter years of the 19th century.

Fred Taral 1955

   Taral was born in 1867 and gained early experience on the bush tracks of Oklahoma. He rode his first Thoroughbred mount in 1883 at Washington Park.

George Odom George M. Odom 1955

   George Odom rode at the turn-of-the-century. He won 17.2% of his races and was inducted in the Hall of Fame as a jockey, but he also found considerable success as a trainer.

George M. Woolf 1955

   George Woolf rode from 1928 through 1946 and won with 19.1% of his mounts.

Isaac B. Murphy 1955

   Many consider Isaac Murphy the greatest American jockey of all time. The son of a former slave, Murphy rose to prominence in a field that was dominated by African American jockeys at the time.

James McLaughlin 1955

   James McLaughlin rode in the latter years of the 19th century. Unfortunately, no accurate record of his racing statistics exists today.

Laverne Fator 1955

   Like many famous jockeys of the early 20th century, Fator came from out west, Idaho to be exact.

Nash Turner Nash Turner 1955

   Nash Turner was born in Texas in 1881 and was developed as a rider by trainer Eugene Leigh. Turner was among the top ten leading jockeys in the U.S.

Tod Sloan 1955

   Tod Sloan made his name in racing at the turn-of-the-century. He began his career at age 19 and quickly discovered the advantages of using shortened stirrups.

Walter Miller 1955

   Walter Miller was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1890 and rode in his first Thoroughbred race at age 14.