William Boland

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Bill Boland
Occupation Jockey
Born July 16, 1933
Corpus Christi, Texas
United States
Career wins 2,049
Major racing wins
Diana Handicap (1950)
Kentucky Oaks (1950)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1950)
Arlington Handicap (1952)
Massachusetts Handicap (1952, 1956)
Hawthorne Gold Cup (1952, 1956, 1962)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1953)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1953)
Acorn Stakes (1954)
Alabama Stakes (1955)
Frizette Stakes (1955)
Malibu Stakes (1955, 1960)
San Marcos Stakes (1955)
San Felipe Stakes (1955, 1960)
Metropolitan Handicap (1956)
San Antonio Handicap (1956)
San Miguel Stakes (1956)
Spinaway Stakes (1956, 1958)
Whitney Handicap (1956)
Dwyer Handicap (1957)
Narragansett Special (1957)
San Bernardino Handicap (1958, 1959)
San Pasqual Handicap (1958)
Santa Anita Oaks (1958)
Santa Maria Handicap (1958)
Man o' War Handicap (1959, 1962)
Santa Anita Handicap (1959)
Santa Catalina Handicap (1958, 1959)
Stymie Handicap (1960, 1967)
Hempstead Handicap (1961)
Suburban Handicap (1962)
Widener Handicap (1963)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1966)
Amory L. Haskell Handicap (1968)
Woodbine Oaks (1968) American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1950)
Belmont Stakes (1950, 1966)

As a trainer:
Gallant Fox Handicap (1978)
Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1959)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2006)
Significant horses
Middleground, Porterhouse, Terrang
Sword Dancer, Beau Purple, Amberoid, Kissin' George

William Norris "Bill" Boland (born July 16, 1933 at Corpus Christi, Texas) is a retired American Hall of Fame jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing.[1]

Boland began his riding career in 1949 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. While still a sixteen-year-old apprentice in 1950, he won the Kentucky Oaks aboard Ari's Mona [2] then the following day rode Middleground to victory in the Kentucky Derby.[3] Boland missed winning the U.S. Triple Crown series that year when he and Middleground finished second after a rough trip in the Preakness Stakes but then won the Belmont Stakes.[4] In 1966 Boland won his second Belmont Stakes aboard Amberoid for trainer Lucien Laurin.[5]

Widely respected by his peers, in 1959 Bill Boland received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award given to the North American jockey who demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack.[6]

Bill Boland retired from racing in 1969 and turned to training horses for a time. He was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.


Preceded by
Sam Boulmetis
Jockeys' Guild President
Succeeded by
Walter Blum

Bill Boland is married to Sandra M. (née Ball) Boland and currently lives in Palm Coast, Florida.