racing hall of fame

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Isaac Burns Murphy

Considered one of the greatest jockeys in history, he won three Kentucky Derbies between 1884 and 1891. This feat wasn’t matched by another jockey until 1945. His career win record at 34% has yet to be equaled in American horse racing. He also was the first person to be inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Why did his name fall into obscurity?

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An unlikely hero.

During the First World War homing pigeons were used widely to transport communications between front line units and commanders in the rear. When the United States Army landed in large numbers on the Western Front in the summer of 1918, British pigeon fanciers donated 600 birds to them, one of which was a hen, soon to be named Cher Ami - French for ‘dear friend’.

On 3 October 1918 she, with Major Charles Whittlesey and more than 500 men, became trapped in a small depression on the side of a hill as an offensive was halted by German forces. There behind enemy lines, in dense woodland, food and ammunition quickly ran low and friendly fire began to rain down from allied guns oblivious to their location. After the first day just 194 men remained alive. Two pigeons were sent up with messages for aid but both were quickly shot down by German soldiers atop the hill. With just Cher Ami left, the following note was attached to her leg and she was released with the lives of 194 men dependent on her survival:

We are along the road parallel to 276.4. Our own artillery is dropping a barrage directly on us. For heaven’s sake, stop it.

Rising into the treetops she met a hail of fire, taking a round to her breast (her punctured sternum is shown on the left in the photograph) she began to bleed profusely. Another severed her the right leg leaving it hanging by a single tendon and yet another blinded her in one eye. She fell from the sky, only to pick herself back up and fly 25 miles in just 25 minutes. Her message was received and a push was made to rescue the 194 men of the lost 77th Division.

Army medics worked hard to save the life of Cher Ami and succeeded in doing so. A small wooden leg was crafted for her stump and once sufficiently recovered she was put on a boat to the United States, with General John J. Pershing personally seeing her off as she departed France. On 13 June 1919 she died at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey,  from the wounds she received in battle. She had been awarded the Croix de Guerre Medal with a palm Oak Leaf Cluster for her heroic service, delivering 12 messages during fighting at Verdun and also received a gold medal from the Organized Bodies of American Racing Pigeon Fanciers. She was later inducted into the Racing Pigeon Hall of Fame in 1931.

Throughout the 1920s and ‘30s Cher Ami was as well known to American school children as any human World War I hero. Her body mounted by taxidermists, she currently sits in the National Museum of American History’s ‘Price of Freedom’ exhibit, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.


Today, US horse racing has largely forgotten the black jockeys responsible for its early success and historical significance. Black jockeys were the stars of the racing world up until the early 1900’s, when institutionalized racism drove them out of the sport, and often out of the country to race abroad. When I say “drove them out,” I mean literally– black riders were often forced into, and over, the inside rail, as well as whipped in the face and across the hands by white riders while racing officials looked the other way.

Until black jockeys virtually disappeared from the racetrack, some of them were regarded as the greatest riders to ever sit a horse. Black jockeys won 15 of the first 28 runnings of the Kentucky Derby (13 of the 15 jockeys in the very first Kentucky Derby were black; it was won by Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides).

Isaac Murphy (1861-1896)
is still considered by many to be the greatest American jockey of all time. He won the Kentucky Derby three times (only three jockeys have won it more), and was the first to win it in back-to-back years. His win percentage, according to official records, was an incredible 34%. He was the first jockey inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1955, when it was created. Each year, the Isaac Murphy award is given to the jockey with the highest win percentage for the year.

Jimmy Winkfield (1882-1974) won the Kentucky Derby consecutively in 1901 and 1902, and was second in 1903. He is the last black jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, and only two black jockeys have ridden in the race since (Marlon St. Julien in 2000 aboard Curule, Kevin Krigger in 2013 on Goldencents). He was forced to take his tack overseas where he found great celebrity riding in Russia. He was champion jockey 3 times there before the Russian Revolution forced him to move to France, where he continued his successful career until his retirement. He was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Willie Simms (1870-1927) is the only black jockey to have captured all three jewels of the Triple Crown (though on different horses in different years). He won the Belmont back to back, was the first American jockey to win with an American horse in England, then won the Kentucky Derby in consecutive runnings. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

And finally, one of the few black jockeys riding today, Kendrick Carmouche is a fixture of the Mid-Atlantic racing circuit. He was the first rider to take the Leading Jockey title four years in a row (2008-2011) at Parx Racetrack in Philadelphia, and oftens rides for some of the top trainers and owners in the business. He has yet to get a mount in the Kentucky Derby, but with his success over his 15 year career, it’s only a matter of time. He’s also one of the friendliest, most personable jockeys I’ve had the pleasure to deal with– always happy and optimistic, win or lose, he never has a bad word for his horse no matter how they run.

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Carbine, a thoroughbred race horse who raced in New Zealand, and Australia. He raced over 43 times, and won 33 times. He became an important sire and is one of the few horses to be inducted into the New Zealand Racing Hall of Fame and Australia’s Racing Hall of Fame.

Carbine was nicked named Old Jack, and was an amazing race horse. On several occasions, he'd race twice on the same day and won. He’s best known for his weight carrying abilities as well, he carried 53 pounds more than the horse who placed second in the Melbourne Cup in 1980. He was retired due to a chronic heel injury, and was sent to stand at Wallace Stud.

He proved himself easily as a sire, and sired a colt named Wallace who was considered the best of his progeny. He also sired Amberite, and La Carabine. In 1895, he was bought for 13,000 Guineas and was sent to the same stud as St. Simon.

Carbine is known for siring Spearmint, who sired some amazing horses himself. Carbine can be found in several pedigrees, including Pharlap, Danzig, Nijinsky II, Deep Impact, and Makybe Diva. Carbine can also be traced through Mine That Bird, and champion filly Rachel Alexandra.

Carbine suffered a stroke, and was put down on the 10th of June, 1914. His skeleton was given to the Melbourne Museum, and it’s displayed at the Australian Racing Museum.

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Names may not consist of more than 18 letters (with spaces and punctuation marks counting as letters), contain initials such as C.O.D., F.O.B., etc., or end in “filly,” “colt,” “stud,” “mare,” “stallion,” or any similar horse-related term. Names may also not end with a numerical designation such as “2nd” or “3rd,” whether or not such a designation is spelled out. Names of persons may not be used unless written permission to use their name is on file (examples of such permission are actor Jack Klugman, whose namesake competed in the Kentucky Derby, and tennis star Chris Evert, whose namesake is in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame). The names of “notorious” people may never be used, nor can namesakes of racetracks, races, or stable names. Trademarks and copyrighted names are similarly not allowed as are vulgar, obscene or offensive ones. The list also protects names of currently active horses as well as horses enrolled in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame or other well-known horses, including winners of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup or Breeders’ Cup events.

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April 18, 1990 – October 7, 2014
Raced from 1993-1996
Thoroughbred Stallion - United States

Cigar was not named for the tobacco product. He was owned by Allen E. Paulson, who was an airline pilot early in his life and owned Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. All of the horses that he got to name were named after airport navigational checkpoints that he had flown through during his piloting career. Some other horses he owned named after checkpoints include Arazi, Azeri, Yagli and Diazo. Cigar was named after the checkpoint in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cigar did not start his career off like one would expect a champion to. He didn’t race at all at age two, and was fairly mediocre when he finally got to running as a three year old. Under his first trainer, Alex Hassinger Jr, he won only two races in nine starts at age three. Those wins coming in a Maiden Special on his second attempt, and an Allowance on his 5th start. Most of those races in his three year old campaign were on turf courses.

For his four year old season, he was sent to trainer Bill Mott, who gave Cigar a rest for half of the year, not bringing him back to the track until July. He ran his first four races of the year in Allowance races on the turf, and registered only two third places. On November 28, 1994 he was entered into an Allowance race on the dirt track. And Cigar exploded. He relished the dirt and won by an amazing eight lengths. After that win, it would be another two years before Cigar would ever taste defeat again.

Confident by his win, he was entered into the NYRA Mile Handicap against top Stakes winner Devil His Due. Cigar won by seven lengths. In January he got his 5 year old start off with an Allowance race which he won by two lengths. After that he was entered in the Donn Handicap against heavy favorite Holy Bull. Cigar won the race easily but his victory was overshadowed by Holy Bull’s breakdown in the race. (Don’t worry! Holy Bull survived and had a great stud life!) After that race he went on to the Gulfstream Park Handicap where he won by seven and a half lengths.

The Stakes wins kept piling up after that. 1995 Oaklawn Handicap. 1995 Pimlico Special Handicap. 1995 Massachusetts Handicap. 1995 Hollywood Gold Cup. 1995 Woodward Stakes. 1995 Jockey Club Gold Cup. By October, he was on a twelve race winning streak as he entered into the 1995 Breeder’s Cup Classic. It had been raining all day and Cigar had never run on a muddy track and many people weren’t sure how he would react. The “Incomparable, invincible, unbeatable” Cigar burst into the lead on the home turn and didn’t look back, winning the Classic in stakes record time of 1:59:58.

He returned in 1996 with a win in the Donn Handicap in February. Then a chance was taken. He was targeted to a brand new race outside the country, in a country not many horses traveled to to race. The race was called the Dubai World Cup, a brand new race with a purse of $4 million. There in the sandy track in Dubai, Cigar had to dig in deep for the first time in his winning streak to prevail over a thrilling battle with Soul of The Matter, winning by less then a length. With his streak now at 14, he returned to the US and secured his 15th win in a repeat win of the Massachusetts Handicap.

He was now on the cusp of something no other horse since Citation had done. Win 16 consecutive races in mostly major stakes victories. Arlington Park carded a special race just for Cigar. The “Arlington Citation Challenge”. In that race he faced Dramatic Gold and Unbridled’s Song, and carried 130 pounds. He pulled away to win his 16th straight race and tie Citation’s record.

After that, he was entered into the Pacific Classic, and his streak came to an end. The race was run at a distance longer then he was expect to, he was ridden wide for most of the race, and got drawn into a three horse speed duel. Dare and Go took advantage of Cigar’s bad fortune and passed him to win, Cigar finishing second. He rebounded later that year and won the 1996 Woodward Stakes, but it would be the last time in his career that he would taste victory. He came in second to Skip Away in the 1996 Jockey Club Gold Cup. His final race was the 1996 Breeders Cup Classic, where he finished third due to another wide trip to Alphabet Soup and Louis Quatorze. His long, hard campaign had taken it’s toll and his legs were no longer able to carry the stress of racing.

He was retired to stud, but in an ironic twist it turned out he was infertile and unable to produce even a single foal. With his stud career a flop, he joined the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park. He lived the for the rest of his life, happily inhaling his favorite food in the world - peppermints -  until his death in 2014 due to complications after arthritis surgery.

In his career he was the richest horse in the United States, a record which stood until 2008. (Passed by Curlin, Cigar is now #2) and he and Citation’s 16 stakes win streak stood until 2010, when Zenyatta surpassed it to eventually win 19 in a row. Cigar won Eclipse Awards for Older Male Horse and Horse of the Year in 1995 and 1996. He was inducted into the US Racing Hall of Fame in 2002, and was listed 18th of the top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century, and Racehorse of the Decade for the 1990’s. There is a life sized sculpture of him at Florida’s Gulfstream Park, and the NYRA Mile was renamed to the Cigar Mile in 1997. Some of the horses he defeated during his 16 win streak includes Devil His Due, Bertrando, Kissin Kris, Wallenda, Holy Bull, Concern, Best Pal, Tinners Way, Urgent Request, Star Standard, Unaccounted For, Thunder Gulch, L'Carriere, Soul of the Matter, Peaks and Valleys, Wekiva Springs, Unbridled’s Song, Dramatic Gold, Heavenly Prize and Smart Strike.

Sire: Palace Music
Dam: Solar Slew (by Seattle Slew)

Breeder: Allen E. Paulson
Owners: Allen E. Paulson & Madeleine A. Paulson
Trainers: Alex Hassinger, Jr. / William I. Mott
Regular Jockey: Jerry Bailey

33 Races
19 wins
4 Places
5 Shows

Earnings: $9,999,815