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John Adams

John Adams
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    John Adams was nicknamed the "Iola Mite" for his boyhood home in Kansas. Due to his mother's opposition, Adams won his first race at age 20 without an apprentice license. Despite her initial opposition, he had a very successful career.


    John Adams rode with a long rein. He was not a particularly stylish rider, but had good hands and a keen sense of pace.


    Among Adams' best races were the 1939 Santa Anita Handicap aboard Kayak II and the 1954 Preakness aboard Hasty Road. He considered these two his best horses. John Adams retired in 1958 and became a trainer. His first winner was ridden by his son, John R. Adams.


    John Adams was leading rider for three seasons (1937, 1942-43) and received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in 1956. Adams was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1965.