George Archibald Dead: American Jockey, Who Has Been Riding Abroad since 1912, Expires Suddenly in England., Daily Racing Form, 1927-04-07


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GEORGE ARCHIBALD DEAD American Jockey, Who Has Been Riding Abroad Since 1912, Expires Suddenly in England. SPECIAL. CABLEGRAM. LONDON. England, April 6— George Archibald, the American jockey, who had been riding in Europe since 1912. died suddenly here last night after an active day at the Newmarket course. He accepted five mounts. Although stricken after the first race with severe stomach pains he pluckily filled hia« remaining engagements. He was removed to his home and his condition rapidly became worse. He passed away about 6 :30 p. m. Archibald had been working strenuously for several months to keep at riding weight and it is believed that his reducing was the chief contributing cause of his death. The death of Archibald was a shock to European racegoers. He was universally respected and beloved for his quiet, gentlemanly manner. He rode in England with great success and he also performed brilliantly in Austria. Germany. France and Spain. Wearing the silks of the King of England, the King of Spain and the Kaiser at various times during his career, he came to be known as the "royal rider." In the last five years Archibald rode one hundred and eighty winners in Kngland. His best year was 1924, when at scored in fifty-two races. He rode in the Epsom Derby for King George VI. He piloted the winners of many big stakes. He won the Cesarewitch with Rose Prince in 192:1. In 1922 he won the Two Thousand Guineas with Lord Qaeea-boros St. Louis and the following year finished second in the same stake with Knock-ando. He rode Paragon. Town Guard and many other great thoroughbreds in this country. Archibald was 4." years old. He was born in California. Coming East virtually unknown in 1909, he achieved success quickly. He first rode for "Plunger" Mat Manus. While in that horsemans employ he atti -acted the attention of the late August Belmont who engaged him to ride his two-year-olds when Eddie Dugan was suspended. While Archibald never headed the American jockey list, he was rated a leading rider and he won many important stakes. In 1910 he won the Suburban and Brighton Handicaps with R. T. Wilsons Olambala. In 1911 he won the Kentucky Derby with Meridian. Archibald had a total of 1910 mounts in this country and rode «S2 winners. When racing was killed in New York state, Archibald, like many other American jockeys. went abroad to continue his career. He rode with great success in European countries for two years and then returned to this country for a short visit. It was on this visit that he married Miss Claire Hamel of Berlin. Returning to Germany, after a six months honeymoon here. Archibald rode for the Baron von Oppenheim. He wore the barons colors for but a few months when the great war broke out and Archibald with other foreign riders in Germany at the time was interned. After a short time he was given special permission to resume riding and he rode Baron Oppenheims Masher to victory in the Grand Prix at Hamburg, in 1915. When the United States entered the war, Archibald again was interned and again he received special permission to ride. In 191S lie went to Spain, where he won many big races, until November 1919, when his mount in the Cas-tella Handicap, at Madrid, collided with a fence and was instantly killed. Archibald was severely injured and for a time it was feared that he would die. In 1920 and 1921 he rode in Spain and France and in 1922 he went to England. In 1924 he was appointed Kings Jwlraj and was further honored by being presented to him. Two years ago Archibald came here with his wife and son. After attending the meeting at Miami, he went back to England.

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