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John Reiff

John Reiff
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   John Reiff rode at the turn-of-the-century and was introduced to racing by his older brother Lester, also a jockey. Reiff was 13 years old, barely four feet tall, and a slight 55 pounds when he rode his first winner in Chicago. The following year John and Lester left to ride in Europe.

   After a dispute between Lester and English riding authorities, John Reiff rode primarily in France. He returned to England for major races, including victory in two English Derbys: 1907 with Orby, and 1912 with Tagalie.

   Reiff was particularly successful in France where he was among the top ten riders for ten seasons and leading rider in 1902. Among his victories were the French Derby with Retz in 1902 and the French Oaks with Moia in 1913.

   John Reiff was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1956.