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Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks
Induction Year: 
1963
Died: 
1979
Career Years: 
1938-1975
Number of Mounts: 
30,333
Number of Winners: 
4,451
Winning Percentage: 
14.70%

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

 

    Brooks was the son of a Nebraska horse trader and began riding competitively by the age of 10. He won his first race at a recognized track at 17.

 

    Steve Brooks was a regular rider for Calumet horses based in Chicago. He considered Two Lea his best filly and Citation his best horse overall. Brooks was on Citation when the horse became the first to win $1 million in purses. He also lowered the world record for the mile aboard Coaltown.

 

    Brooks retired several times but always returned to the sport he loved. He died from injuries he received in a workout in 1979.

 

    Steve Brooks was the nation's leading jockey in 1949 and received the George Woolf Memorial Award in 1962. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1963.

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