Turf Writers Clippings Disclose "Little Known Facts About Riders": Jockey R. Finnerty Rode Five Winners on Day He Made Debut in Chicago, Daily Racing Form, 1941-06-09


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E ARCARO Turf Writers Clippings Disclose Little Known facts About Riders Jockey R Finnerty Rode Five Winners on Day He Made Debut in Chicago ChicagoCRETE CRETE 111 June 7 Just as some people collect stamps and coins others collect an ¬ tique furniture and autographs sports writ ¬ ers are known to collect clippings from the sports pages and it can be said in all jus ¬ tice that there is method to their madness madnessRoaming Roaming through some of a writers old clippings one may come across a series of stories anecdotes and facts about well known jockeys Perhaps we might imitate Walter Winchell as so many others have to their profit and title this column Things I Never Knew Until Now Or perhaps we might imitate another author and title it Little Known Facts About Well Known Riders RidersEDDIE EDDIE ARCARO The Newport Ky Ital ¬ ianAmerican is rated one of the best if not the best money rider active today but the first fellow he ever worked for gave him his contract back and told him that he would never be a rider Arcaro had quit Newport partI Ky High School after attending during part I of his freshman year when it was apparent to him that he would never be heavy enough to make the school football team He got a job as a stable boy at Latonia from a well known horseman He learned to ride while working for him but never got to ride a race while he was with him The horseman ad ¬ vised him to quit and gq back to school because he would never be a rider but in 1 stead Arcaro went to Agua CalSente with another horseman named Booker and even ¬ tually he made the grade He now is one of the highestsalaried riders in the business businessMACK MACK GARNER Did you know that the late Mack Garner was 34 years old when he won the Kentucky Derby in the thirtyfourth year of the twentieth century on a horse named Cavalcade But that wasnt old for a member of a riding family like the Gar ¬ ners Macks father rode in thirteen races at yearsI a county fair in Iovawhen he was 65 years I old and won nine of them In addition to Mack his brothers Guy Wayne Skeets Harry and Lambert rode races Willie Gar Jner GarJner the last of the riding Garners who is in action today is a nephew of the late Mack and his real name is Rhinehart RhinehartDIDNT DIDNT GET DISCOURAGED DISCOURAGEDBUDDY BUDDY HAAS Would you say it is pos ¬ sible for a rider to win a race on a horse older than himself even granting the fact that the average jockey is very young when he begins his career Well it is Leon Buddy Haas who is one of the topnotch riders in the country today made his debut as a jockey at the age of 15 on a twenty oneyearold mare Naturally that wasnt on the Big Apple That took place on a quariermile track near Buddys birthplace Fort Gibson Okla OklaHARRY HARRY RICHARDS Most jockeys have never been aboard a horse before they go to work at the race track to learn to become a rider but Harry Richards saddle skill is a heritage His dad Cube Richards exer ¬ cise boy for the late Samuel C Clay taught him many of the tricks of the trade Harry was born at Gravesend N Y almost next door to the famous track trackBOB BOB FINNERTY Few riders have intro ¬ duction to a race track that was the veteran Finnertys Back in 1926 he went to Chicago as an apprentice He unpacked his tack at Washington Park and found that his agent had put him on five mounts that day By dinner the sportingminded city of Chicago was agog with the riding exploits of the un ¬ known Finnerty because he won with all five fiveCHARLIE CHARLIE HANAUER The smallest rider active today Hanauer has to wear a vest which is loaded with lead in order to have the extra weight he carries distributed evenly on the horses he rides Hanauer had a most unusual introduction to racing in that he was a caddy at a golf course in Tay lorville 111 when he toted the bags of T E Crist a horseman Crist noting his small bones and lack of size induced him to take a job with him as stable boy boyUNUSUAL UNUSUAL PHYSIQUE PHYSIQUEALBERT ALBERT BODJOU Like most normal boys jockeys like tVshow their strength And despite their lack of size some of them have unusual physiques On of these is Albert Bodiou His friends will wager that he can pull most men over the table in the hand gripping competition boys like to indulge in inGEORGE GEORGE WOOLF A product of Babb Mont it is not entirely strange that Georgie Woolfs hobby is rodeos His father didnt quit riding until after he was seventy his mother was a trick rider in the circus and he has two brothers who Have competed in the rodeos through the West A few years back Georgie wasnt seen around the race tracks for some time His friends finally lo cated him at a nearby rodeo He had loaned his expensive car to the rodeo to be used as an obstacle for the riders to put their mounts over to thrill the crowd The car had received a few nicks on its flashy surface but George was happy to be around the rodeo atmosphere again RED POLLARD Yum Yum The Preach er Allen the most vociferous rooter Pollard has claims that Seabiscuits rider has made more comebacks than any other athlete in the last twenty years Pollard who won the Santa Anita Handicap of 1940 with Seabis ¬ cuit has made at least five comebacks since he started riding back in 1926 Jack Demp sey made two comebacks as a fighter but usually after a boy hangs up his tack he is never able to come back and win an impor ¬ tant race like the gallop for 100000 on the Coast CoastCONN CONN McCREARY Charley Stevenson the leading rider of 1935 got his chance by answering an advertisement in the Boise Idaho Statesman but Conn McCreary sen sational apprentice of the winter season seasontried tried to find out how to get a start as a jockey by writing to the Advice to the Lone ¬ ly Hearts editor of a St Louis paper How can I learn to ride horses he asked in his letter but Sister Sob only directed him to several of the riding schools in the city much to the disgust of McCreary who be 1 lieved that only jockeys actually rode horses

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