RUN FOR THE ROSES: EDDIE ARCARO DERBYS
Warren Wright, owner of Calumet Farm; Ben Jones, trainer; and ARCARO would form one of the most dominant racing teams in the history of the Derby and in the decades of the 1940's and 1950's, it was a glorious time for Calumet Farm as their Thoroughbreds would win the roses seven times and three of them would be booted home by ARCARO in 1941, 1948 and 1952.
ARCARO's next Derby win came in 1945 when the race was run five weeks late in June (and was almost canceled due to WW II) and was won by HOOP JR.; the next horse was Calumet's second Derby winner in 1948, the great CITATION which ARCARO declares is the best horse he ever rode, and finally, ARCARO's last Calumet horse, HILL GAIL in 1952. What a ride, what a rider!
ARCARO would retire in 1961 and in his 31-year career, "The Master" ,averaged almost $1 million a season in purses won, his mounts finished in the money in almost 50% of his races, and 20% of the time he went to the winners' circle. He entered racing's Hall of Fame in 1958 but of all his accomplishments, nothing meant more than his five Derby wins.
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