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Walter Blum

Walter Blum
Induction Year: 
1987
Career Years: 
1953-1975
Number of Mounts: 
28,673
Number of Winners: 
4,382
Winning Percentage: 
15.30%

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Bio

    Walter Blum was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept, 28, 1934. He rode his first winner on July 29, 1953 at Saratoga Race Course and quickly developed into one of the sport’s best jockeys.Blum led all North American riders in wins in 1963 and 1964 and won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1965.In the 1971 Belmont Stakes, Blum rode Pass Catcher to victory, denying Canonero II the Triple Crown. Blum’s most famous mounts were Hall of Famers were Affectionately and Gun Bow. In one of his most memorable rides, Blum piloted Gun Bow to a victory over fellow Hall of Famer Kelso in the 1964 Woodward Stakes.

 

    Blum won many of the most prestigious races in the country, including the Whitney Handicap, Santa Anita Derby, Frizette (2), Prioress, Tremont Stakes, Brooklyn Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap (2), Schuylerville, Test, Beldame, Coaching Club American Oaks, Mother Goose, Arlington Handicap, Florida Derby and Monmouth Oaks.

 

    Blum once rode six winners on a single card at Monmouth Park and he became the sixth jockey to reach the 4,000-win plateau.

 

    Blum retired in 1975 and became a racing official. At the time of his retirement, only Hall of Famers Bill Shoemaker, John Longden, Eddie Arcaro and Steve Brooks had won more races.

 

   Walter Blum was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1987.

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