Jockey Joe MCahey Dies at Asheville.: Notable Lightweight Rider Forced by Illness to Retire from the Saddle in 1916., Daily Racing Form, 1917-03-16


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JOCKEY JOE MCAHEY DIES AT ASHEVILLE. Notable Lightweight Rider Forced by Illness to Retire from the Saddle in 1916. Philadelphia. March 15. — Joseph McCahey. one of the best known of lightweight jockeys to ride over the tracks of the Jockey Club for several seasons, died Monday night at Asheville. N. 0. Death came aftir a lingering illness from tuberculosis. Silent Joe. as McCahey was known about the tracks, for the reason that he had little to say at any time, was born in Philadelphia about twenty-seven years ago. and his first work on a race course was with the stable of James Fitzsinimons. tliis happening after he had celebrated his sixteenth birthday. Of coarse, there are many race-goers who will dispute this statement, claiming that McCahey had been here so long that he does not rememlier BBCh a happening. At the time mentioned there were many clever lightweight riders, and their services were so eagerly sought that the poorer horse owners of the Hose had little opportunity to engage them when desired. So it was up to Fitz-siinniiiiis to develop whatever talent McCahey pos -■eased, and so well was his work accomplished that McCahey was enabled to mike an early bid for popularity. Fitzsiniinons. deciding to winter his stock attar the fall meeting at the Henning course in 1907, permitted the late James Mannix to take McCahey to New Orleans that winter. He stayed with the stable of the latter horseman until the hitters death, and then returned to Fitzsiminons. Prominent First in 1909. All through his career on the turf he kept wonderfully clear from all charges of anything approaching crookedness, and from first to last he .iu honest, upright sportsman. It was not until 1909 that "Old Man Joe" attained prominence in the saddle. He had 594 mounts that year, out of which he rode eighty winners, lot; seconds and eighty thirds. In 1910 he had seventy -eight winners to his credit. In 1911 McCahey made his first bid for stellar honors among the jockeys, when he finished in second place with IBS winning mounts. Again iu 1911. which was "little Joes" best year, McCahey was a close second with 155 winners. He repeated the following year, riding 104 winners, and again finishing second. Last year he accepted Ml mounts with thirty-three of which he was slice, ssful, when illness compelled him to retire from the saddle and seek the milder climate of North Carolina with the hope of improving his failing health. McCaher*a record from 1909 to date is as follows: Year. Mts. 1st. Id. 3d. 1np. P.C. Won. 1909 591 .SO lllli SO 3LS .13 7,235 1910 571 7S 00 «7 310 .14 48.000 1911 S57 153 14C 121 437 .IS 83.191 1911 4S0 82 150 82 250 .17 49.009 1913 292 47 32 42 171 .10 20.150 1914 S24 155 157 130 3S2 .19 121,845 1915 5S7 104 102 Sli 295 IS 70.520 1910 203 33 29 31 110 .12 23.255 Altogether he had 5.133 mounts and rode S37 winners. During his career, he won for his employers, in stakes anil panes over a half million dollars, or to be exact the sum of 39,285.

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