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Jack Westrope

Jack Westrope
Induction Year: 
Jan. 18, 1918
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    Jack Westrope was born on Jan. 18, 1918 in Baker, Mont. He rose to stardom in the sport as a teenager, leading the nation in wins with 301 at age 15 in 1933. His 25-percent win rate that year was the highest for any national leader in victories since 1909.


    Westrope was based on the West Coast, but he had success throughout the country, as well as in Cuba. He won the Santa Anita Derby with champion Stagehand and the Delaware Oaks with champion filly Parlo.


    Other significant wins included the Blue Grass Stakes, Empire City Handicap, Tremont Stakes, Matron Stakes, Suburban Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup, Jerome Handicap, Hollywood Derby, Vosburgh Stakes, Frizette Stakes, Del Mar Derby, San Antonio Handicap, Massachusetts Handicap, and San Fernando Stakes (2). He also won three editions of the Westerner Stakes, his last coming in his 26th year as a rider in 1950.


    Westrope was fatally injured when Well Away threw him into the rail during the 1958 Hollywood Oaks. At the time of his death, Westrope ranked eighth among 20th century American jockeys with 2,467 wins. He won on 14 percent of his mounts.


    Jack Westrope was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 2002.