Richard J. Maturi
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Biogrpahy on the top jockey of all time, 1930 Triple Crown Winner, Earl Sande.
A skinny, too-tall kid from the West arrives on the Eastern tracks only to run circles around the Eastâ€™s best jockey as an apprentice. Earl Sande rose from the ranks of the leaky-roof circuit to horse racingâ€™s top jockey during the Golden Age of Sports in the twenties. After leaving the county fair circuit in 1916, Sande trained under Arizonaâ€™s Doc Pardee, before arriving at the New Orleans in early 1918. Within months, Sande shook off his rookie status with stunning victories and top performances at the Fair Grounds, Hot Springsâ€™ Oaklawn Park, as well as Latonia, Douglas Park and Churchill Downs in Kentucky.
The Times-Picayune comments, "The only reason Sande does not win more races can be accounted for by the fact that some of the camels he rides couldnâ€™t get in the money at a pumpkin show.â€
By the end of 1918, Sande ranked third in races won and fifth in percentage of first place finishes. The following year, Sande tied a world record at Havre De Grace, winning six consecutive victories in one day while under contract to Canadian owner Commander J. K. L. Ross. Moving to the famed Rancocas Stables in 1920, Sande garnered top money-winning jockey status in both 1921 and 1923. During 1923 Sande won the international match race on Zev vs English Champion Papyrus with Donoghue up.
A severe 1924 accident at Saratoga nearly put an end to his life and racing career. After months of rehabilitation, Sande returned triumphant with a second Kentucky Derby victory in 1925. Despite missing some racing to the illness and death of his young wife, Sande again ranked as the nationâ€™s top money-winning jockey in 1927. After retirement and a stint as a race horse owner, Sande returns to the track to win the 1930 Triple Crown aboard Gallant Fox.
Earl Sandeâ€™s accomplishments include:
--World record six consecutive victories in one day
--Dramatic comeback after doctors said heâ€™d never ride again
--The second American Triple Crown, on Gallant Fox
--Lifetime percentage of 26.4% winning mounts
--Lifetime percentage of 60.9% in-the-money mounts
--5 Belmont Stakes
--3 Kentucky Derbys
--5 Jockey Club Gold Cups
--4 Withers Stakes
--3 Lawrence Realizations
--3 Suburban Handicaps
--3 Dwyer Stakes
--Hall of Fame inductee with first class
--Winner of 1923 International Match Race aboard Zev vs Papyrus
--Winner of thirty-nine stakes races in 1923, a record that stood for thirty years
--Top Money-Winning Jockey 1921, 1923, 1927
--Top Money-Winning Jockey Record that stood for twenty years
--Riding noted mounts Billy Kelly, Bracadale, Chance Play, Chance Shot,
Crusader, Flying Ebony, Gallant Fox, Grey Lag, Kai-Sang, Mad Hatter, Mad Play, Man oâ€™ War, Milkmaid, My Own, Osmond, Sarazen, Sir Barton, and Zev.
Richard J. Maturi is a widely respected author with more than 1,300 articles and twenty-one books. His articles have appeared in such publications as Barronâ€™s, Denver Post, Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Investorâ€™s Business Daily, Industry Week, Kiplingerâ€™s Personal Finance, The New York Times, Research, Your Company, and Your Money.
Maturi has authored Divining the Dow, Wall Street Words, Stock Picking, The Hometown Investor, Money Making Investments, The 105 Best Investments for the 21st Century, Main Street Beats Wall Street, and Investorsâ€™ Guide for Making MegaBucks On Mergers. A number of his books have been chosen as Fortune/Money Book Club selections. He has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including CNBC. His latest book Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga features Arizonaâ€™s Doc Pardee.
Richard and his wife, Mary, have co-authored several books including Nevada: Off the Beaten Path, Wyoming: Off the Beaten Path, Cultural Gems: An Eclectic Look At Unique United States Libraries, Francis X. Bushman: King of the Movies, Will Rogers: Performer and Beverly Bayne: Queen of the Movies.
In the corporate world, Maturi served as corporate controller for several firms and as a trustee of the Minnesota Teamsters Pension Fund. He is a member of the National Writerâ€™s Union. He attended the University of Notre Dame, received his Bachelorâ€™s degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and his MBA from Oregon State University. Mary received her Bachelorâ€™s degree in finance from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and worked for Consumers Credit Counseling.
Richard and Mary live in the Laramie Range of the Wyoming Rockies.
Top Jockey of all Time
"Many racing critics are calling it one of the best books of its kind ever written.â€ --Tulsa World
"â€¦remarkableâ€¦readers will become enthralled with engaging story. Truly excellent job on one of horse racingâ€™s most memorable jockeys.â€
--Midwest Book Review
"Jockeyâ€™s Triple Tale a Winner.â€
--New York Daily News
"Intriguing life of legendary jockey Earl Sandeâ€¦Maturi hooks the reader right awayâ€¦fascinating rideâ€¦the most colorful racing biography since "Seabiscuit.â€
"Weaves fascinating tale.â€--Buffalo News
Library of Congress: 2004095371
Book Publisher: 21st Century Publishers
No. of Pages: 368
Illustrations (B&W): 100
Dust Cover: Yes