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Woody Stephens

Woody Stephens (Horse racing.  Born, Stanton, KY, Sept. 1, 1913; died, Miami Lakes, FL, Aug. 22, 1998.)  Few, if any, figures in thoroughbred racing demonstrated the period of mastery over a Triple Crown event that Woodford Cefis Stephens held over the Belmont Stakes from 1982-86.  In that span, Stephens was the trainer of five straight Belmont […]

Earl Sande

Earl Sande (Horse racing.  Born, Groton, SD, Nov. 13, 1898; died, Jacksonville, OR, Aug. 19, 1968.)  During the 1920s, the so-called “Golden Age of American Sports,” each major sport had its leading hero.  Babe Ruth (baseball), Jack Dempsey (boxing), Bill Tilden (tennis), Bobby Jones (golf), and Red Grange (football) were among the most famous.  But none […]

Eric Guerin

Eric Guerin (Horse racing.  Born, Maringuoin, LA, Oct. 23, 1924; died, Plantation, FL, Mar. 21, 1993.)  Though long stigmatized for his failure to win the Triple Crown with Native Dancer, Oliver Eric Guerin was nonetheless a very successful jockey.  Guerin rode 2,712 winners and his mounts amassed over $17 million in purse winnings during his 36-year […]

Eddie Delahoussaye

Eddie Delahoussaye (Horse racing.  Born, New Iberia, LA, Sept. 21, 1951.)  Although based in California starting in 1979, Eddie Delahoussaye numbered two Belmont Stakes winners among his more than 6,384 career victories, Delahoussaye made his first Belmont start aboard Gato Del Sol in 1982 and finished second.  His next two Belmont mounts (Risen Star in […]

Bill Corum

Bill Corum (Sportswriter.  Born, Speed, MO, July 20, 1895; died, New York, NY, Dec. 16, 1958.)  Columnist, sportscaster, and racetrack executive, Martene Windsor Corum was a name in the sports field that spread far beyond his New York base.  Bill Corum was, for his time, a rare journalism graduate in the sports field when he […]

Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks (Racing.  Born, McCook, NE, Aug. 12, 1921; died, Louisville, KY, Sept. 23, 1979.)  While he never rode a winner in the Belmont Stakes, Steve Brooks was a highly regarded jockey.  Brooks won 4,451 races and purses worth $18,239,817 in a 34-year career that ended with his retirement in 1975.  His best mount was Ponder, […]

Laz Barrera

Laz Barrera (Horse racing.  Born, Havana, Cuba, May 8, 1924; died, Downey, CA, Apr. 25, 1991.)  Lazaro Sosa Barrera was one of the outstanding thoroughbred trainers in the nation during a 50-year career that started at age 16 in his native Cuba.  He then transferred his base to Mexico and subsequently to the U.S.  Barrera […]

Eddie Arcaro

Eddie Arcaro (Horse racing. Born, Cincinnati, OH, Feb. 19, 1916; died, Miami, FL, Nov. 14, 1997.)  Although his full name was George Edward Arcaro, the man never used that handle and became known the world over simply as Eddie Arcaro.  Also, simply, he was one of the greatest jockeys in the history of thoroughbred racing.  […]

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