Fred Young, Robt. Bright Join Omaha Riding Colony: Wheelings Leading Journeyman, Apprentice Jockeys, Respectively, Daily Racing Form, 1954-05-26


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Fred Young, Robt. Bright JoinOmahaRidingColony Wheel ings Leading Journeyman, Apprentice Jockeys, Respectively AK-SAR-BEN, Omaha, Nebr., May 25.— The jockey race, a closely contested affair after the first three days of Ak-Sar-Bens current 35-day meeting, promises to become even keener during the remainder of the session. Two of the newest arrivals to join the rider colony at the Omaha track are the leading jockey and the leading apprentice at the recent Wheeling, W. Va„ meeting. They are Fred Young, Wheelings top rider, and Robert Bright, who finished first among the apprentices. Young, 25-year-old booter from Washington, Pa., got his start in racing three years ago at Rockingham Park. Up Dn 125 mounts at Wheeling this year, Young had 25 winners, and rode better than 37 per cent of his horses in the money. He had three riding triples to his credit at Wheeling. Tall for a jockey, Young is 5 feet, 7 inches and tips the scales at 108 pounds. He is married and has two children. Bright, a 22-year-old product of Hyatts-ville, Md., also ranked fourth among the Wheeling jockeys in addition to his top apprentice honors. He had 66 mounts at the West Virginia oval, finishing in the money on 33 of them including 11 winners. Bright started his riding career just a year ago at Belmont, but was quickly put out of action by a broken foot. Standing 5 feet, 2 inches and weighing 106 pounds, he will ride under contract for Mrs. Sadie Foley of Hay Springs, Nebr. Young, however, will be a free-lance contender at the Ak-Sar-Ben meeting.

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