Frederick J. Taral (August 2, 1867 – February 13, 1925) was an American Hall of Fame jockey.[1]

Fred Taral
Fred Taral around 1903
OccupationJockey & trainer
BornAugust 2, 1867
Peoria, Illinois, United States
DiedFebruary 13, 1925 (aged 57)
Jamaica, New York, US
Career wins1,437
Major racing wins
United States wins:
September Stakes (1890)
Dolphin Stakes (1891, 1893)
Double Event Stakes (part 2)
(1891, 1892, 1899)
Juvenile Stakes (1891)
Ladies Handicap (1891, 1897)
Reapers Stakes (1891, 1896, 1898)
Sapphire Stakes (1891)
Spring Stakes (1891, 1896, 1897)
Flight Stakes (1892, 1896)
Great Eclipse Stakes (1892, 1893)
Hudson Stakes (1892, 1896)
Metropolitan Handicap (1892, 1894)
Spindrift Stakes (1892, 1897)
Surf Stakes (1892)
Zephyr Stakes (1892)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1893)
Champagne Stakes (1893, 1894)
Double Event Stakes (part 1) (1893)
Fashion Stakes (1893, 1899)
First Special Stakes (1893)
Great American Stakes (1893, 1896)
Matron Stakes (1893, 1894)
Withers Stakes (1893, 1894)
Brooklyn Handicap (1893, 1894, 1896)
Flying Handicap (1894, 1895)
Suburban Handicap (1894)
Travers Stakes (1894, 1897)
Russet Stakes (1895)
Twin City Handicap (1895, 1897)
Gazelle Handicap (1896)
Great Eastern Handicap (1896, 1897)
Vernal Stakes (1897)
Rancho Del Paso Stakes (1898)

European race wins:
Austria-Hungary Königspreis (1908)
Deutsches Derby (1909)
Preis des Winterfavoriten (1912, 1913)

American Classics wins:
Kentucky Derby (1899)
Preakness Stakes (1894, 1895)
Belmont Stakes (1895)

As a trainer:
Juvenile Stakes (1923)

United States Racing Hall of Fame (1955)
Significant horses
Domino, Assignee, Henry of Navarre
Diablo, Belmar, Manuel

Jockey career edit

Taral began his career in racing in the 1880s at small racetracks in Oklahoma.

In 1883, he rode his first competitive thoroughbred in a race at Washington Park.[2]

By 1889 he was among the 24-member jockey colony at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans and competed in his first Kentucky Derby.

According to The Boston Post, he was the highest-earning jockey in the US in 1894, with an estimated combined payout of US$20,000.[3] Reports published at the time suggested he had even completed one season with a broken arm.[4]

New York State's passage of the Hart–Agnew anti-betting law in 1908 resulted in racetracks statewide struggling to stay in business. As a result, many stable owners, trainers, and jockeys began leaving to work in Europe. Fred Taral left racing in the United States and riding in Austria-Hungary won the 1908 Königspreis (King's Prize), the most important race in that country.[5] He also rode and trained in Germany where he rode Macdonald to victory in the 1909 Deutsches Derby. He returned home following the outbreak of World War I.

For owner James R. Keene, Taral rode future Hall of Famers Domino[6] and Henry of Navarre. He also rode Domino against Henry of Navarre to a dead heat in an 1894 match race.[7] On different horses, that year Taral won the New York Handicap Triple, capturing the Brooklyn Handicap, Metropolitan Handicap and the Suburban Handicap. In all, Taral won the Brooklyn Handicap on three occasions and the Metropolitan Handicap twice. He was also a two-time winner of the Travers, Champagne and Withers Stakes.

In the pre-Triple Crown era, Fred Taral had back-to-back wins in the Preakness Stakes. He first won it in 1894 aboard Assignee and in 1895 he won his second Preakness plus the Belmont Stakes with the colt Belmar. In 1899 he won the Kentucky Derby aboard Manuel.[8]

Training career edit

Following his retirement from riding in 1908, Fred Taral pursued a career as a trainer. Among his clients was the Riviera Stable owned by Victor Vivaudou[9] for whom he trained notable runners Fabian[10] and Miss Star.[11]

Fred Taral died of pneumonia in 1925. He was buried in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens, New York. In 1955 he was part of the inaugural class inducted into the newly created United States Racing Hall of Fame.

References edit

  1. ^ Fred Taral at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
  2. ^ "Fred Taral". National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Corbett Most, but Income Tax will Touch Other Sports, too". Boston Globe. February 18, 1895. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Fred Taral". National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Taral Rides King's Prize Winner". Daily Racing Form. 1908-05-30. Retrieved 2020-01-19 – via University of Kentucky Archives.
  6. ^ Fred Taral in Domino's bio at Thoroughbred Heritage
  7. ^ San Francisco Call, Volume 108, Number 54, 24 July 1910
  8. ^ Kentucky Derby winners –
  9. ^ Daily Racing Form – January 17, 1922
  10. ^ Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky, page 9 – April 8, 1924
  11. ^ New York Times – September 16, 1922