Ted Atkinson (Horse racing. Born, Toronto, Ont., June 17, 1916; died, Beaver Dam, VA, May 5, 2005.) In the 20th century, no jockey dominated New York racing as did Ted Atkinson. In a 15-year span from 1943-57, Atkinson was leading jockey at all New York tracks 11 times. Atkinson became only the third jockey in American history to surpass 3,000 winners when, in 1954, he rode 226 to raise his 17-year career total to 3,069. Atkinson first became the leading New York rider in 1943. The next year, he led the nation with 287 wins and was also the nation’s top money-earning rider, with $849,101 in purses. In 1946, Atkinson became the first jockey to earn over one million dollars in purses in a single year. That year, he had 233 winners and total earnings of $1,036,825. He was the leading jockey in New York in 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947, and 1948. Atkinson rode 198 winners at New York tracks alone in both 1944 and 1948. He was the dominant rider of the 1950s, finishing first in 1950, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955, and 1957. Among his proudest achievements is being the only rider on the great Tom Fool. In 30 starts, the bay colt posted 21 wins and finished second seven times. Tom Fool was the champion 2-year-old of 1951 and Handicap Horse of the Year in 1953.
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