J. D. Mooney

John James Mooney better known as J. D. Mooney[1] (died 1966) was an American jockey and trainer who won the 1924 Kentucky Derby on Black Gold and the 1929 King's Plate on Shorelint.[2] Mooney's riding career lasted for 10 years. His record included 261 victories, 258 seconds, and 280 thirds. He was in the money 30 percent of the time. Mooney is a member of the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame.[3] After his career as a jockey, Mooney became a trainer. He trained 1962 Canadian Horse of the Year Crafty Lace.[4]

J. D. Mooney
OccupationJockey / Trainer
Born(1901-11-24)November 24, 1901
New Orleans, Louisiana
DiedNovember 16, 1966(1966-11-16) (aged 64)
Toronto, Ontario
Career wins261 (USA)
Major racing wins
As a jockey:
Arlington Handicap (1920)
Oakdale Handicap (1920)
Mardi Gras Handicap (1922, 1924)
Stafford Handicap (1922)
Louisiana Derby (1923, 1924)
San Carlo Handicap (1923)
Derby Trial Stakes (1924)
Ohio State Derby (1924)
Chicago Derby (1924)
Toronto Cup Stakes (1925)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1924)

Canadian Classic Race wins:
King's Plate (1929)

As a trainer:
Canadian Classic Race wins:
Breeders' Stakes (1962)

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame (1976)
Fair Grounds Racing Hall of Fame (1999)
Significant horses
Black Gold, Shorelint, Crafty Lace

Mooney was a native of New Orleans.[1] His father, John J. Mooney was a horse breeder and owner.[5] His son John J. Mooney was a horse racing executive and a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.[2] Another son, Paul A. Mooney was the president of the Boston Bruins.[1] His grandsons John Mooney, Daniel Mooney and Mike Mooney are also involved in thoroughbred racing.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b c Fitzgerald, Joe (October 19, 1975). "Talking with the Bruins' new president". Boston Globe.
  2. ^ a b "John J. Mooney". Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  3. ^ Pontchartrain, Blake. "What is the history of New Orleans horse racer J.D. Mooney?". Gambit. Gambit. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Publicist worked primarily at HollyPark". ESPN Los Angeles. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b Ireland, Jack (May 31, 2003). "Delaware at Play | Horse Racing". The News Journal.