Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Ohio Moments

Eddie Arcaro often atop horses of famed names


On Jan. 14, 1932, Eddie Arcaro, a Cincinnati native and the only jockey to win two Triple Crowns, won his first race - after eight months of trying -at Agua Caliente, Mexico. He was 15. Mr. Arcaro, later dubbed "The Master," rode a record 17 winners in Triple Crown races during a span of 18 years, making him one of the most successful jockeys of all time. He won the Kentucky Derby five times and the Preakness and Belmont six times each. He took the two Triple Crowns riding Whirlaway in 1941 and Citation in 1948. Mr. Arcaro was born in Cincinnati in 1916. The son of a cab driver, he worked on a local golf course. Because he was small, the golfers suggested that he take up horse racing. He dropped out of school at 14 to become an exercise boy. He lost his first race at Bainbridge Park near Cleveland - and every one for the next eight months. He began riding for Calumet Farm in Lexington in 1934.

Rebecca Billman

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