A. Jack Joyner

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Andrew Jackson "Jack" Joyner (August 4, 1861 – September 1, 1943) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer and owner.[1]

Jack Joyner
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OccupationTrainer / Owner
Born(1861-08-04)August 4, 1861
Enfield, North Carolina,
United States
DiedSeptember 1, 1943(1943-09-01) (aged 82)
Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania,
United States
Resting placeGreen-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York
Career winsNot found
Major racing wins
Belles Stakes (1892, 1904, 1908)
Double Event Stakes (part 2) (1892, 1906)
Flatbush Stakes (1892, 1898, 1904)
Foam Stakes (1892, 1905)
Great Eastern Handicap (1892, 1903, 1904)
Fall Handicap (1894, 1904)
Fashion Stakes (1895)
Pansy Stakes (1895)
Surf Stakes (1898)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1899, 1908)
Spindrift Stakes (1899)
Annual Champion Stakes (1900)
Metropolitan Handicap (1900, 1919, 1930)
Municipal Handicap (1900, 1908)
Twin City Handicap (1900)
Reapers Stakes (1900)
Dash Stakes (1902, 1905)
Futurity Stakes (1903, 1923, 1930)
Brighton Derby (1903)
Brighton Handicap (1903)
Century Stakes (1903)
Occidental Handicap (1903)
Saratoga Handicap (1903, 1904)
Travers Stakes (1903)
Brighton Oaks (1904, 1905)
Flight Stakes (1904, 1905, 1908)
Vernal Stakes (1904)
Bay Ridge Handicap (1905)
Brighton Cup Handicap (1905)
Carter Handicap (1905)
Brooklyn Derby (1905)
Gazelle Handicap (1905)
Mermaid Stakes (1905, 1908)
Sheepshead Bay Stakes (1905)
Withers Stakes (1905, 1931)
Brighton Mile (1906)
Great American Stakes (1906, 1909)
National Stallion Stakes (1906)
Tremont Stakes (1906, 1928)
Manhattan Handicap (1907, 1908)
First Special Stakes (1908)
Sapphire Stakes (1908)
Walden Stakes (1916, 1933)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1918)
Empire City Handicap (1919)
Excelsior Handicap (1922)
Sanford Stakes (1923, 1929)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1923, 1930)
Paumonok Handicap (1924)
Juvenile Stakes (1925)
Hopeful Stakes (1928, 1929)
Youthful Stakes (1928)
Astoria Stakes (1930)
Flash Stakes (1930)
Grand Union Hotel Stakes (1930)
United States Hotel Stakes (1930)
Demoiselle Stakes (1931)
Jamaica Handicap (1931)
Chesapeake Stakes (1932)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1905, 1908)

In England:
Ayr Gold Cup
Wokingham Handicap
Middle Park Plate (1910)
Trial Stakes (1910)
Windsor Castle Stakes (1910)
Hopeful Stakes (1910)
Newmarket Select Stakes (1910)
Victoria Cup Handicap (1912)
Challenge Stakes (1913)
Racing awards
U.S. Champion Thoroughbred Trainer by wins (1908)
Honours
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (1955)
A. J. Joyner Handicap at Keeneland
Significant horses
Borrow, Cairngorm, Ethelbert, Fair Play,
Fitz Herbert, Hamburg Belle, Jamestown,
Royal Tourist, St. James, Waterboy,
Whisk Broom II

Known as "Jack" and reported as "A.J." and "A. Jack", Joyner was born in Enfield, North Carolina, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Henry Joyner. A fan of horse racing, in 1879 the seventeen-year-old Joyner had hung a series of racing pictures on the wall in the small town post office where he was working when they were spotted by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer William Burch. Joyner's enthusiasm led to Burch offering him a job with his racing stable. From there, Jack Joyner went work for a short time as a jockey [2] before turning to the training horses. He saddled his first winner in 1884 in a career that would span fifty-nine years. From that, six years were spent in England following passage of State of New York Hart–Agnew anti-betting law in 1908,[3] the year he won more races than any trainer in the United States.[4]

Jack Joyner's abilities led to him training for major owners such as James B. A. Haggin, Sydney Paget, and for Harry Payne Whitney and August Belmont Jr. whose horses he raced in England including Whisk Broom II. In addition, Joyner owned and raced a number of horses for himself both in the United States and in England.[5] Jack Joyner worked in England from the time the racing season opened on March 23, 1909 [6] until November 1915 when he returned to the United States [7] and began a twenty-five-year association as trainer for stable owner George D. Widener, Jr.

During his career, Jack Joyner trained five Champions:[1]

Jack Joyner died on September 1, 1943, at age eighty-two at George Widener's Erdenheim Stud at Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania.[8] Following its creation, he was part of the inaugural class inducted in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1955.

For a time, Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, ran the A. J. Joyner Handicap, a six furlong event that notably was won by Whirlaway in 1941.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Andrew Jackson Joyner". Racingmuseum.org. 1955-01-01. Retrieved 2018-09-04.
  2. ^ New York Times – July 1, 1900
  3. ^ New York Times – September 6, 1908 article titled "A.J. Joyner Will Train Combined Whitney and Belmont Stable in England"
  4. ^ "A. J. Joyner Dead; Dean of Trainers". The New York Times. 1943-09-02. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  5. ^ New York Times - October 16, 1908
  6. ^ New York Times - Mar 22, 1909
  7. ^ New York Times - November 19, 1915
  8. ^ September 2, 1943 New York Times obituary for A. J. Joyner
  9. ^ New York Times - April 12, 1941