The best way to highlight the names that were engraved in the history of the Riders in the 1950s is by mentioning the leaders of the previous year. In the 1940s, the best pilots were Adams, Arcaro, Atkinson, Meade, and Longden. As they continued to reign in the early 1950s, they were joined by a name that would wreak havoc in racing history: Shoemaker. Shortly after completing his sophomore years with 388 wins, he was tied for the top jockeys ranking. He was the only one to earn more than a million dollars in the early 1950s.

William Boland was among the biggest names of the year, making his mark as an apprentice jockey. He had left everyone appalled with his performance with Hill Prince when he won by 1 ½ lengths over jockey Arcaro. The main concerns of apprentice jockeys during this time were the different rules regarding learning around the world; this led them to jump from region to region to retain their apprentice assignments. It was the Jockey Guild that introduced standardized rules that were applied throughout the world.

The year 1951 was marked by the highest number of deaths among horsemen and that rose to 10 deaths. The most remembered jockey of the 1950s is LeRoy, who died on January 12, 1956 after a tragic fall from his mount suffering a brain injury. Following that tragic loss, the horse racing world faced another fatal death from John Alessio, the president of the Caliente racetrack. After his death, the wearing of a helmet for riders to wear while riding was approved and mandatory; This gained publicity and acceptance as the “Hot Safety Helmet”, this rule applied to exercise kids, escorts, trainees, pony boys and girls.

The conversation of the day in the racing industry was whether John Longden would surpass Sir Gordon Richard’s history of having the most victories in horse racing history. Finally, it was John Longden after winning his 320 in one racing season.

The year 1957 saw the remarkable stunt of Bill Shoemaker and Bill Hartack in Gallant Man and Iron Liege, respectively, in the Kentucky Derby. The two wrestled together through a tough race at Churchill Downs until Shoemaker misjudged length and fell behind, giving Bill Hartack his first Derby victory. Proving that the victory was not by chance, he went on to win four of the subsequent derbies, later retiring as the Derby’s winningest riders alongside Arcaro.

The following year was marked by the shocking deaths of jockey Jackie Westrope and Joe Snyder after sustaining injuries just a week apart.

In 1958, three riders were voted into the National Racing Museum’s Hall of Fame:

Eddie Arcaro – The only jockey to win the Triple Crown twice.

Johnny Longden – Won over 5,000 races and was the reigning leader among jockeys for 3 years in a row.

Bill Shoemaker – Created the all-time record by winning 485 races in 1953 and had 5 riding titles.

Still surviving the largest number of fatalities in the year, the Jockeys Guild announced in 1958 an additional insurance plan for riders that provides $ 10,000 death benefits for active and retired riders.

The year ended with Eddie Arcaro’s survival after a sudden fall from his mount, Black Hills at the Belmont Stakes. He also marked the event by winning six races in it. “The helmet saved me,” said Arcaro – Jockeysguild

In the real world, history is created and repeated as we witness each passing year, this magnificent ‘sport of kings’ has evolved many times over. With the viral era established in this sport, it is accessible from the comfort of your home in any modality. Games, videos, TV broadcasts and replays can be watched if you have missed a race or cannot visit the race track on that particular day. Horse games are available online for you to simulate and bet on to entertain you. And what is more? In fact, you can know what a world-class rider goes through while handling the thousand-pound equine beast. Become a jockey to experience the throbbing adrenaline rush as the crowd cheers you on for victory. Play against friends or with the community of horse racing fans from around the world.

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