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James McLaughlin

James McLaughlin
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   James McLaughlin rode in the latter years of the 19th century. Unfortunately, no accurate record of his racing statistics exists today.

   McLaughlin was prepared for the races by the legendary Bill Daly, trainer of many turn-of-the-century jockeys. Rival jockey 'Snapper' Garrison once said that McLaughlin 'was the only jockey I hated to meet in an important race. He was a master judge of pace.' McLaughlin's six Belmont Stakes wins is a record that he shares with Eddie Arcaro. McLaughlin also won the 1881 Kentucky Derby on Hindooand the 1885 Preakness on Tecumseh.

   McLaughlin rode many great horses but rated Luke Blackburn the best. Tremont was his best 2-year-old and Firenze the best filly.

   James McLaughlin was the nation's leading rider from 1884 through 1887. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1955.