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Frank Coltiletti

  • Sport: Horse Racing
  • Decade Inducted: 80s

One of the best-known and most dominant jockeys of the 1920s

Born January 22, 1900, in the Bronx, New York, Frank Coltiletti was just 14 years old and weighed only 59 pounds when he began his career as a jockey. By the time his career ended 20 years later, Coltiletti had won 14.5 percent of his races.

At 15, Coltiletti had his first win, and the next season, he rode 115 winners and finished third in the national standings for jockeys. At 17, he took the Preakness Stakes aboard Broomspun and two years later was the lead rider at the fall meet at Havre de Grace.

Coltiletti continued as a leading jockey throughout the 1920s, winning races that included the Travers, CCA Oaks, Metropolitan Handicap, Ladies Handicap, Hawthorne Gold Cup, Belmont Futurity and Hopeful Stakes. The horses he rode included Black Maria, Edith Cavell, Crusader, Broomspun, Mars and Sun Beau. Of them all, Coltiletti considered Mars – winner of the 1926 Travers – his best mount.

Retiring in 1934, Coltiletti was inducted to the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1970. He died that same year and was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.