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Horace A. "Jimmy" Jones

Horace A. "Jimmy" Jones
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   The son of Hall of Fame trainer Ben A. Jones, Jimmy Jones was born in Parnell, Mo., on Nov. 24, 1906. He worked with his father for Woolford Farm until 1939 when they moved to Calumet Farm. Under the direction of the father and son team, Calumet was the leading owner 12 times and the leading breeder 14 times.

   Jones followed in his father’s footsteps as the head trainer for Calumet. Although he trained many champions with his father, Jimmy Jones was the trainer of record for seven champions, including Triple Crown winner Citation.

   Six of the champions Jones trained – Armed, Citation, Coaltown, Bewitch, Two Lea, and Tim Tam – were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jones was the top money-winning trainer five times (1947-1949, 1957, and 1961) and was the first trainer to surpass $1 million in earnings when he accomplished the feat in 1947.

   Jones won the Kentucky Derby with Iron Liege in 1957 and with Tim Tam in 1958. He also trained Derby winners Citation and Hill Gail, but his father was the trainer or record for those particular races. He won the Preakness with Faultless (1947),Citation (1948), Fabius (1956), and Tim Tam (1958). He was also the trainer of record for Citation’s 1948 Belmont Stakes victory.

   Among the many notable races Jones won include the Travers Stakes, Florida Derby (2), Jersey Derby (2), Santa Anita Handicap, Santa Anita Derby (2), Hollywood Gold Cup (2), Arlington Classic (2), Pimlico Special, Arlington Classic, and Arlington Handicap (3).

  Jones retired from training in 1964 to become director of racing at Monmouth Park.

  Horace A. “Jimmy” Jones was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1959.