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Frank D. Adams

Frank D. Adams
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    Dooley Adams was a steeplechase jockey who rode from 1944-1956. He brought home winners 25.7% of the time.


    Adams was born in 1927 in Port Chester, NY. He spent his youth around horses and by age 14 had won his first race at Aqua Caliente.


    While riding in Mexico, Dooley Adams began training Refugio, his mount in England's 1947 Grand National. Adams was especially proud of this race because he finished seventh out of 57 horses in a competition where 40 never even completed the course.


    Adams considered 3-time champion Neji his best mount, with Elkridge a close second. He also rode Hall of Fame inductee Oedipus. One of Adams' most important victories was his win aboard Neji in the 1955 Temple Gwathmey. Dooley Adams was a multiple winner of several races, including 4 wins in the Saratoga and Beveryck Steeplechase Handicaps, 3 wins in the Brook, the Harbor Hills and the Temple Gwathmey, and 2 wins in the American Grand National.


    Dooley Adams was a leading steeplechase rider for eight seasons (1946, 1949-55), won a record 30 races in one year, and was never penalized for a riding infraction. Adams was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1970.