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Sandy Hawley

Sandy Hawley
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    Sandy Hawley was born on April 16, 1949 in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. He took an unusual path to the track, spending time as a plumber before he became a jockey.

    Hawley rode his first winner aboard Fly Alone on Oct. 14, 1968 at Woodbine. The following year, he was North America’s leading apprentice. He quickly found success and led all North American jockeys in wins in 1970, 1972, 1973 and 1976. In 1973, he became the first to ride 500 winners in a year.

   In 1976, Hawley won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey, as well as the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. He won the Lou Marsh Trophy in 1973 and 1976, which is given annually to Canada’s top athlete. 

    Hawley won numerous major races during his career, including the Queen’s Plate (4), Alabama, Prince of Wales Stakes (2), Breeders’ Stakes (4), Canadian Oaks (8), Coronation Futurity (5), Whitney Handicap, D.C. International (2), Canadian International (2), Man o’ War, Secretariat, Vanity, Hollywood Oaks, Strub, Hollywood Gold Cup, Hollywood Futurity, Bing Crosby Handicap (2), Spinster Stakes, Ashland Stakes and Jamaica Handicap. 

    At Woodbine, Hawley once rode seven winners on a single card and he had two six-win days at Santa Anita.

    Hawley was the leading rider in Canada nine times and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. He won 18 riding titles at Woodbine, 13 at Fort Erie and nine each at Greenwood and Ontario.

    Hawley retired in 1998 with 6,450 wins from 31,456 mounts. He won on 21 percent of his mounts and had purse earnings of $88,666,071.

    Sandy Hawley was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1992.