Frank O'Neill (jockey)

Francis "Frank" O'Neill (1886-1960) was an American Hall of Fame jockey who won top stakes races in the United States but whose career was cut short by the catastrophic impact of the Hart-Agnew Law anti-betting legislation. He had no choice but to find work in Europe and in 1908, he and trainer Fred Burlew went to race in Europe from a base in France where they had much success. O'Neill won three British and four French Classic Races and was the annual Champion Rider in France eleven times in fourteen years. [1] [2] [3] [4] Among notable owners, O'Neill rode for the American William Kissam Vanderbilt and French owner Baron Edouard A. de Rothschild.

Frank O'Neill
Beldame the horse (Frank O'Neill riding).jpg
Frank O'Neill on Beldame
OccupationJockey & Owner
Born1886
Newton, Kansas,
United States
Died1960
United States
Major racing wins
Selected American race wins:
Brighton Derby (1903)
Brooklyn Handicap (1903)
Brooklyn Derby (1903, 1906)
Century Handicap (1903)
Great Trial Stakes (1903)
Matron Stakes (1903)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1903)
Travers Stakes (1903)
Zephyr Stakes (1904)
Alabama Stakes (1904)
Astoria Stakes (1904)
Carter Handicap (1904)
Dolphin Stakes (1904, 1905)
Double Event Stakes (part 1) (1904)
First Special Stakes (1904)
Gazelle Handicap (1904)
Great American Stakes (1904)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1904)
Mermaid Stakes (1904)
Saratoga Cup (1904)
Second Special Stakes (1904, 1905)
Adirondack Stakes (1905)
Aqueduct Handicap (1905)
Juvenile Stakes (1905)
National Stallion Stakes (1905)
Russet Stakes (1905)
Saranac Handicap (1905)
Spinaway Stakes (1905)
Spindrift Stakes (1905)
Suburban Handicap (1905)
Manhattan Handicap (1905)
Toboggan Handicap (1905)
Vernal Stakes (1905)

Selected European race wins:
Prix Exbury (1910, 1913, 1920, 1924)
Prix de La Jonchère (1910, 1911, 1920)
Prix du President de la Republique
(1910, 1913)
Prix Biennal (1910, 1913)
Prix Kergorlay (1910, 1913)
Prix La Rochette
(1910 (2), 1911, 1913, 1919)
Prix Morny (1910)
Criterium International (1911, 1924)
Prix des Chênes
(1911, 1912, 1920, 1922, 1923)
Prix Robert Papin (1911)
Prix de Royaumont (1911)
Furstenberg-Rennen (1911)
Ascot Gold Cup (1912)
Eclipse Stakes (1912)
Jockey Club Stakes (1912)
Prix du Cadran (1913)
Prix du Pin (1913, 1922, 1926)
Prix de Guiche (1919, 1922)
Prix Chloe (1923, 1924)
Lincolnshire Handicap (1924)

British Classic Races wins:
St. Leger Stakes (1911)
Epsom Derby (1920)
Epsom Oaks (1923)

French Classic Races wins:
Prix du Jockey Club (1909, 1917)
Grand Prix de Paris (1917)
Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1919)
Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1923)

Racing awards
American Champion Jockey by stakes wins (1905)
French Champion Jockey by wins (11 times)
Honours
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1956)
Significant horses
Beldame, Roseben, Prince Palatine,
Spion Kop, Sir Gallahad III, Straitlace, Parth

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Frank O'Neill". Racingmuseum.org. 1956-01-01. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  2. ^ Times, Special To The New York (July 14, 1911). "Race Track Bill Defeated In Senate; Measure Modifying Directors' Liability for Gambling Fails of Passage". Retrieved September 2, 2017 – via NYTimes.com.
  3. ^ "Burlew and O'Neill Off To France". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1908-09-22. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  4. ^ "Francis O'Neill". National Horseracing Museum (UK). 2003-01-01. Retrieved 2018-11-26.