Walter Blum

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Walter Blum
Occupation Jockey
Born September 28, 1934
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Career wins 4382
Major racing wins
Frizette Stakes (1954, 1965)
Prioress Stakes (1956)
Providence Stakes (1956, 1958)
Tremont Stakes (1957)
Stars and Stripes Handicap (1963)
Brooklyn Handicap (1964)
Washington Park Handicap (1964)
Woodward Stakes (1964)
Whitney Handicap (1964)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1965)
Metropolitan Handicap (1965, 1975)
Schuylerville Stakes (1965)
Test Stakes (1965)
Toboggan Handicap (1965)
United Nations Handicap (1965)
Vagrancy Handicap (1965)
Beldame Stakes (1966)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1966)
Queens County Handicap (1966)
Maskette Stakes (1966)
Mother Goose Stakes (1966)
San Marcos Stakes (1966)
Santa Anita Derby (1966)
San Fernando Stakes (1966)
San Gabriel Handicap (1967)
Arlington Handicap (1968)
San Carlos Handicap (1968)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1968)
San Gorgonio Handicap (1969)
Florida Derby (1973)
Monmouth Oaks (1974)
Citation Handicap (1974) American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1971)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by wins
(1963, 1964)
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1965)
International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1986)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1987)
Significant horses
Gun Bow, Affectionately, Amberoid
Lady Pitt, Pass Catcher, Mr. Prospector

Walter Blum (born September 28, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York) is a retired Hall of Fame jockey.

Riding career

A horse racing fan from boyhood, in his teens Blum began working as a racetrack hotwalker. Despite being blind in his right eye from the age of two, in 1953 he embarked on a career as a jockey, riding his first winner on July 29 at Saratoga Race Course. During the better part of his 22-year career Blum rode mainly at East Coast tracks from New England to Florida and is one of only four jockeys to ever win six races on a single card at Monmouth Park. However, in the 1960s he rode seasonally at California tracks, notably winning the 1966 Santa Anita Derby, and he also dominated Chicago's summer racing circuit at Arlington Park.[1]


On June 19, 1961, Walter Blum rode six winners on a single racecard at Monmouth Park Racetrack.[2] He won more races in 1963 and 1964 than any other American jockey. He rode in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes on two occasions, his best finish a fourth in both in 1967 aboard Reason to Hail. In the 1971 Belmont Stakes, he rode Pass Catcher to a victory that denied Canonero II the Triple Crown.[3] His best-known mounts were Hall of Famers Affectionately and Gun Bow with one of his most famous victories coming in the 1964 Woodward Stakes when he rode Gun Bow to a win over the legendary Kelso. In 1969 Blum was elected president of the Jockeys' Guild and served until 1974. He rode his last mount in 1975 then went to work as a racing official at Garden State Park and the Atlantic City racetracks. In 1978 he moved to Florida where he served as a state steward until retiring on December 30, 2004.


Blum was inducted in the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and the following year in the United States Racing Hall of Fame.[4]

Preceded by
William Boland
Jockeys' Guild President
Succeeded by
Mike Venezia