Eddie Arcaro Biography

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Eddie Arcaro (1916-1997), American jockey, who rode 4,779 winners in 24,092 races during a 30-year career. His 549 stakes victories included nearly every major American race. At the time of his retirement in 1961, he was the only jockey who had ridden as many as five Kentucky Derby winners and the only one to have ridden two “Triple Crown” winners. His lifetime riding purses totaled $30,039,543.

George Edward Arcaro was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Feb. 19, 1916. He became a stable boy at 13 and rode his first race in 1931. He booted home his first winner at Tijuana, Mexico, in 1932. He rode his first Kentucky Derby winner (Lawrin) in 1938. His other victories at Churchill Downs came aboard Whirlaway (1941), Hoop Jr. (1945), Citation (1948), and Hill Gail (1952). He completed racing’s “Triple Crown” by winning the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes with both Whirlaway and Citation. Among his other well-known mounts were Gallorette, Devil Diver, Native Dancer, Shut Out, Nashua, Bold Ruler, Challedon, Busher, and Kelso.

A rough rider early in his career, Arcaro was suspended for a year in 1942-1943 before becoming one of racing’s respected sportsmen. He was elected to the jockeys’ Hall of Fame in 1955. After retiring as a jockey, he worked in insurance and served as a track official.

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