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Eddie Arcaro

  • Sport: Horse Racing
  • Decade Inducted: 70s

One of only two jockeys to win the Kentucky Derby five times, Arcaro also won the Preakness a record six times and tied with Jimmy McLaughlin for most wins in the Belmont (six).

Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame jockey, Arcaro won more American classic races than any other jockey in history and is the only rider to have won the U.S. Triple Crown twice. He is widely regarded as the greatest jockey in the history of American Thoroughbred horse racing.

Born George Edward Arcaro in 1916, known professionally as Eddie Arcaro, was eventually nicknamed “Banana Nose” by his confreres. Arcaro won his first Kentucky Derby in 1938 aboard Lawrin. He is tied with Bill Hartack for most Derby wins with five, and has the most wins in the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes with six. He won the U.S. Triple Crown in 1941 on Whirlaway and again in 1948 on Citation. His other Kentucky Derby wins were Hoop Jr. (1945) and Hill Gail (1952).

During his career Arcaro rode in 24,092 races and won 4,779, with record setting earnings of $30,039,543.

Today, he remains one of the best-known jockeys in the history of horse racing, called “the Master” for his riding skills, good sense of pace and the ability to switch his whip from one hand to the other with ease during a race.He was elected into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.