Don Meade

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Don Meade
Occupation Jockey
Born (1913-12-12)December 12, 1913
Plankinton, South Dakota
Died December 22, 1996(1996-12-22) (aged 83)
Hollywood, Florida
Major racing wins

Winnipeg Futurity (1930)
Bahamas Stakes (1934,1942)
Remsen Stakes (1939)
Questionnaire Handicap (1940, 1942)

U.S. Triple Crown race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1933)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by wins (1939, 1941)
United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1941)
Significant horses
Brokers Tip, Time Supply, Black Helen, Discovery, Take Wing

Donald Lawrence "Don" Meade (December 12, 1913 – December 22, 1996) was an American jockey. Called the "Bad Boy" of the sport by Time magazine because of his numerous suspensions and fines, he is widely know to this day as a result of his win on Brokers Tip in the 1933 Kentucky Derby.

Background[edit]

Meade began riding ponies as a child and eventually horses at bush tracks and at county Fair races.In the summer of 1929 he rode horses for the mayor of his hometown who contacted a friend, trainer Sam Orr, who agreed to take Meade on as an apprentice. In July of 1930, Meade got his first win aboard Queens Bessie at Lansdowne Park in Richmond, British Columbia. [1]

The "Fighting Finish"[edit]

In what became known as the "Fighting Finish," Don Meade on Brokers Tip and jockey Herb Fisher aboard Head Play battled their way to the finish line of the 1933 Kentucky Derby. Head Play was leading when Meade sent Brokers Tip through an opening on the inside to pull even. As the horses ran side-by-side down the stretch, their jockeys grabbed and whipped each other. The racing stewards declared Brokers Tip the winner by a nose. A photo of the Fighting Finish taken by a photographer for the Louisville Courier-Journal is one of the most widely recognzed in Throughbred racing.[2]

Don Meade died on December 22, 1996, in Hollywood, Florida at age 83.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1933"+"In+1933.+"+"for+Col.+"+"Bradley.+"+"I+won+the+Kentucky+Derby+on+Broker%27s+Tip.+"+"the+Albany++Handicap.+"#v=onepage&q=Don%20Meade&f=false Jockeys Guild – History of Race Riding – "This is My Story by Don Meade"
  2. ^ The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) August 24, 1918 story titled "The racy story behind Courier Journal's iconic 'Fighting Finish' 1933 Kentucky Derby photo" Retrieved July 28, 2018
  3. ^ "Don Meade, 83, Set Records As A Victorious Horse Jockey". Articles.sun-sentinel.com. 1996-12-23. Retrieved 2016-10-31.