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Sam Boulmetis, Sr.

Sam Boulmetis, Sr.
Induction Year: 
1973
Career Years: 
1948-1966
Number of Mounts: 
16,512
Number of Winners: 
2,783
Winning Percentage: 
18.90%

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Bio

    While preparing for a career as a printer, Boulmetis left his apprenticeship for the backstretch at Laurel Race Course. From walking hots and cleaning stalls he graduated to riding and had his first winner in 1949 at Garden State Park.

 

    Although he rode many great horses including: Mahan, Helioscope, Career Boy, Charlie McAdam, Oligarchy, Dedicate and Bally Ache, Boulmetis identified Tosmah as his best mount. Aboard Tosmah he won the Astarita, Frizette, Matron, Maskette, and Beldame against fillies and the Arlington Classic and John B. Campbell Handicap against males. As a contract rider for Glen Riddle Farm, Boulmetis spent most of his time on the Florida-New Jersey circuit. His peers described him as an honest and intelligent rider, qualities he later demonstrated as a racing official and state steward for New Jersey.

 

    Sam Boulmetis was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1973.

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