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William N. Boland

William N. Boland
Induction Year: 
July 16, 1933
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    Bill Boland was born on July 16, 1933 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He quickly rose to stardom when at age 16 he won the 1950 Kentucky Derby aboard Middleground while still an apprentice rider. A day earlier, Boland won the Kentucky Oaks on Ari’s Mona. He also won the Belmont Stakes that year with Middleground and again in 1966 on Amberoid.


    Boland was a contract rider for King Ranch and won numerous major races, including the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Whitney Handicap, Massachusetts Handicap (2), Diana Handicap, Arlington Handicap, Hawthorne Gold Cup (3), Acorn Stakes, Alabama Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap, Sam Antonio Handicap, Spinaway Stakes (2), Dwyer Handicap, Santa Anita Oaks, Man o’ War Handicap (2), Santa Anita Handicap, Suburban Handicap, Wood Memorial, and Woodbine Oaks.

    Boland rode Beau Purple to three victories over five-time Horse of the Year and Hall of Famer Kelso in 1962 and 1963. Boland also got the best of Hall of Famer Nashua twice, defeating him with High Gun in the Sysonby Stakes and with Midafternoon in the Metropolitan Mile.

    Boland finished his career with 2,049 victories and purse earnings of $14,856,095. He was the recipient of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1959.

    Bill Boland was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2006.