Howard Grant (jockey)

Howard Douglas Grant (c. 1939 – August 1, 2018) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he began his jockey apprenticeship as a seventeen-year-old at Wheeling Downs, West Virginia and won his first race on October 9, 1956, at Cranwood Park Race Course in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] During his twenty-four-year career, he competed primarily at Middle Atlantic racetracks and in 1959 rode four winners on a single racecard at Bowie Race Track,[2] repeating that feat again in 1968 at the Atlantic City Race Course.[3] He died August 1, 2018, aged 79.[4]

Howard Grant
OccupationJockey
Bornc. 1939
Cincinnati, Ohio,
United States
Died (aged 79)
Career winsnot found
Major racing wins
Lamplighter Stakes (1957, 1964)
Bahamas Stakes (1958)
Narragansett Special (1958)
Top Flight Handicap (1958, 1964)
Washington, D.C. International Stakes (1958)
Miss Woodford Stakes (1959, 1961)
Sorority Stakes (1959)
Beldame Stakes (1961)
Delaware Handicap (1961)
Molly Pitcher Stakes (1961, 1965)
Ladies Handicap (1962)
Monmouth Oaks (1963, 1964)
Alabama Stakes (1964)
Carter Handicap (1964)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1964)
Man o' War Stakes (1964)
Paumonok Handicap (1964)
Vosburgh Stakes (1964)
Longfellow Handicap (1965)
Spinster Stakes (1967)
Vineland Handicap (1967)
Autumn Days Handicap (1971)
Carleton F. Burke Handicap (1971)
Del Mar Derby (1971)
Derby Trial Stakes (1971)
Palos Verdes Handicap (1971)
Volante Handicap (1971)
San Simeon Handicap (1972)
Graduation Stakes (1972)
Speakeasy Stakes (1972)
Sunny Slope Stakes (1972)
Inglewood Handicap (1974)
Yellow Ribbon Stakes (1977)
Racing awards
Gulfstream Park Champion jockey (1963)
Del Mar Champion jockey (1971)
Oak Tree Champion jockey (1971)
Significant horses
Affectionately, Airmans Guide, Ancient Title, Lamb Chop, Miss Cavandish,
Primonetta, Sailor's Guide

Riding titlesEdit

Grant won the Gulfstream Park riding title in 1963.[5]In the early 1970s he began riding in California where he won an Oak Tree Racing Association and a Del Mar racetrack riding championship in 1971.[6]

Like many jockeys, Howard Grant battled weight gain from early in his career,[7] and by the middle part of the 1970s the problem frequently limited his number of mounts.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ The New Yorker - July 27, 1957
  2. ^ Hartford Courant - March 29, 1959 article titled "Jockey Grant Has Big Outing At Bowie Track"
  3. ^ Hartford Courant - August 24, 1968
  4. ^ Privman, Jay (August 3, 2018). "Howard Grant, top rider from 1960s and '70s, has died at age 79". drf.com. Daily Race Form. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  5. ^ Gulfstream Park 2017-2018 Media Guide Retrieved July 16, 2018
  6. ^ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Media Guides Retrieved July 16, 2018
  7. ^ Miami News - December 13, 1966