Three Riding McMullens; There May be Another: George, Leo, Eddie Are Jockeys and Billy Aspires to Career, Daily Racing Form, 1946-06-15


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Three Riding McMuIIens; There May Be Another . George, Leo, Eddie Are Jockeys And Billy Aspires to Career SUFFOLK DOWNS, East Boston, Mass., June 14. A new brother combination has come to the fore among the race riders of the land, in the McMuIIens George, Leo and Eddie of Fall River. George and Leo are well known to New England fans, having been active for several seasons now, but Eddie is a newcomer, an 18-year-old boy who started riding last season at Suffolk but has had less than a dozen mounts so far. There might still be another McMullen in the riding business but only one more. The fifth and youngest of the boys, Roger, already weighs about 135 pounds and is only 12 years old. So it looks as though the 14-year-old Billy who is built on slimmer lines will have to be the last of the riding McMuIIens from Fall River. The story of Georges start with horses back in 1933 and his start as a rider in 1937 is probably wel known to most of the New England race fans. Particularly his long connection with Bill Flemming and his rides on Bills good mare, Loveday. George is 24 now, married and a proud farther. Leo, who is 22, followed along in his footsteps, and now comes Eddie. The latest of the McMullen riders naturally gravitated to the race tracks and had been around with George for several years before he started riding at Suffolk last summer. Hes under contract to Eddie Summer now but has attracted the attention of a couple of other horsemen and may make a change before long. Although he has had but a few mounts, Eddie had had a wide range of experience with horses, including the breaking of yearlings. Recently he rode a first-time starter, Easter Patch, a two-year-old daughter of Swashbuckler out of Miss Patches that Eddie broke at Pascoag this spring. He has also broken half-brothers and sisters of this filly, Busy Patch and Patch Buck. This new rider had competitive athletic experience before he took to the horses for he was a CYO boxer a few years ago and a good one. He was the Eastern New England CYO champion at 75 pounds when 14 years old and the next year at 85 pounds.

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