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Joe Notter

Joe Notter
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    Joe Notter rode in the early years of this century. Unfortunately, a complete race record is not available for him.


    Notter grew up in New York near the Gravesend and Sheepshead Bay tracks. Like so many jockeys of his era, he went to the track at a young age, 10 in his case, and began as a stable hand. He won his first race at 13 on a 100-1 shot named Hydrangea. Joe Notter is best known for two significant achievements. In 1915 he became the first jockey to pilot a filly, Regret, to victory in the Kentucky Derby (1915). He was also the first to win the Handicap Triple Crown: the Metropolitan, Suburban, and Brooklyn of 1913 aboard Whisk Broom II.


    By age 18, Notter had gained too much weight to ride regularly. By reducing strenuously he still received impressive mounts for significant stakes races, but he never rode more than 21 races per year in the last decade of his career. He considered Colin his best mount.


    Joe Notter was the leading money-winning jockey of 1908. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1963.