Jockey C. Robinsons Rise to Fame, Daily Racing Form, 1919-01-20


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JOCKEY C. ROBINSONS RISE TO FAME NEW ORLEANS. Lit., January 19. The name Robinson appears at the top of the list of winning jockeys at the Fair Grounds, but it is not that of Frank Robinson, who, in a sensational spurt at the fag end of the year, landed the saddle honors of 1918. The seventeen-year-old Canadian rider Clifford Robinson, who came here with practically no riding experience, is now leading the riders at the Fair Grounds, and is riding in much better form than any of the riders witli many years experience. Last week lie caught and passed Mack Garner, the leading rider, and now heads the list of whining jockeys by a good margin. Robinsons rise lias been meteoric, and he Is a development of the present winter meeting. Born in Toronto, he was galloping horses when Ed Moore saw him and secured his contract. The hoy rode in a couple of races at Hot Springs last spring, but was out of the saddle until the last Bowie meeting, where ho was given a chance. His first winning mount was on Goldcrest Boy, and the same day he also won with Broom Peddler. He had only a few mounts at Jefferson Park, but his riding there attracted attention, and when the Fair Grounds meeting opened the lads reputation was made, and since then he has not lacked for mounts. Ed Moore, who developed Robinson and who also brought Crump to the front, is justly proud of his protege, and declares he is a boy of model habits and the best rider he has ever managed. During P. A. Clarks recent visit to New Orleans he tried to secure the contract on Robinson, but did not succeed. Moore says lie prefers to keep the lads contract himself.

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