(February 14, 1907-February 14, 2003)
Born in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
6,032 wins out of 32,413 mounts
Won the Triple Crown on Count Fleet (1943)
Twice US Champion Jockey by earnings (1943,1945)
Three times US Champion Jockey by wins (1938,1947-48)
Inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame (1958)
Why he might be annoying
He was nicknamed 'the Pumper.'
A friend said his voice was 'an octave higher than a hummingbird.'
He wore a toupee.
He and his wife Hazel got divorced after 48 years, then remarried a year later.
Why he might not be annoying
As a kid, his family missed sailing on the Titanic when their train was late pulling into the port of Southampton.
A spill off a horse left him paralyzed for a month and he was told he would never walk again (1935).
For fifteen years (1956-70), he held the record for most wins until his mark was bettered by Willie Shoemaker.
He became the first person to win the Kentucky Derby as both a jockey and a trainer when Majestic Prince won the race (1969).
Despite the one year interruption, he and Hazel were married for 52 years.
Credit: C. Fishel
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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 1 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 5 Votes: 80.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 8 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 8 Votes: 62.50% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 20 Votes: 70.0% Annoying
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