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Tod Sloan

Tod Sloan
Induction Year: 
1955

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   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. His success with this new style of riding revolutionized the sport in America and England.

   Although complete records are not available for his career, Sloan's winning percentage from 1896-1898 was phenomenal. In 1896 he rode nearly 30% winners, 37% in 1897 and 46% in 1898. In 1899 he won five races on three six-race cards---in California, New York, and England.

   In 1897 Tod Sloan began riding in England. His unusual riding style coupled with his flamboyant personality brought him instant fame. He called himself Todhunter and English race-goers called him Toddy. But it was George M. Cohan who coined Sloan's most famous nickname, Yankee Doodle Dandy, written about the American jockey. Sloan's most famous mounts in America wereHamburg and Clifford. He also rode Ornament, Voter, and Ballyhoo Bey, among others.

   In England Sloan won the Ascot Gold Cup and the One Thousand Guineas, among other traditional races. He also was forced to retire due to a series of judgments against him for betting on his own mounts. After retiring from riding, Sloan worked as a bookmaker and actor in vaudeville and motion pictures.

   Tod Sloan died in 1933 at age 60. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1955.

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