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Laverne Fator

Laverne Fator
Induction Year: 
1955
Number of Mounts: 
4,948
Number of Winners: 
1,075
Winning Percentage: 
21.70%

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   Like many famous jockeys of the early 20th century, Fator came from out west, Idaho to be exact. He was one of three brothers who became jockeys and was considered the most talented of the three.

   In his first year of racing, Fator was third in the national standings. His first year was so spectacular that Sam Hildreth, trainer of Grey Lag, paid him the significant sum of $15,000 to sign a contract with Rancocas, the leading stable in America at that time.

   Fator had many excellent mounts, including Black Maria, Pompey, Scapa Flow, Silver Fox, Mate, Espino and Mad Play, but Grey Lag was his most famous. Fator won his first Brooklyn Handicap aboard Grey Lag in 1921 by guiding his horse to victory over champion handicappersExterminator and Mad Hatter. In his two best seasons Fator also won consecutive Belmont Futurities, Carter Handicaps, and Gazelle Handicaps.

   Laverne Fator was the nation's leading rider in 1925 and 1926. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1955.

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