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Alfred P. Smithwick

Alfred P. Smithwick
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    Alfred "Paddy" Smithwick and his younger brother D.M. Smithwick were two of the most successful rider-trainer teams in racing history. Mike Smithwick trained steeplechase champions and Paddy rode them.


        Paddy Smithwick is second to Joe Aitcheson in riding a record number of steeplechase winners. Smithwick was the nation's leading steeplechase rider on four occasions and won repeat victories in most major jump races.


    Smithwick considered three-time champion Neji his best mount. Smithwick and Neji won two American Grand Nationals, including one in 1958 under 173 pounds. His other significant mounts included Bon NouvelElkridge, and King Commander.


    Paddy Smithwick was seriously injured in a race in 1966 that forced his retirement from the saddle. He began training and saddled two stakes winners. Smithwick died of cancer in 1973.


    Alfred P. Smithwick was the nation's leading steeplechase rider for four seasons: 1956-1958 and 1962. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1973.