Nick Wall

Nicholas J. "Nick" Wall (December 18, 1906 – March 17, 1983) was a Canadian jockey who competed successfully in Canada and was the 1938 National Champion rider in the United States.[1]

Nick Wall
OccupationJockey
BornDecember 18, 1906
Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
DiedMarch 17, 1983
Career wins1,419
Major racing wins
King Edward Gold Cup (1928)
Roger Williams Handicap (1935)
Saratoga Handicap (1937)
Whitney Handicap (1937)
Butler Handicap (1938, 1939)
Cowdin Stakes (1938)
Dover Stakes (1938)
Great American Stakes (1938)
Junior Championship Stakes (1938)
United States Hotel Stakes (1938)
Youthful Stakes (1938)
Santa Anita Handicap (1938, 1941)
Hopeful Stakes (1938)
Hawthorne Gold Cup (1938)
Jamaica Handicap (1938)
Narragansett Special (1938)
Massachusetts Handicap (1938)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1938)
Youthful Stakes (1938)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1939)
Empire City Handicap (1939, 1950)
Toboggan Handicap (1939)
Washington Park Handicap (1940)
Astoria Stakes (1941)
Aqueduct Handicap (1941)
Excelsior Handicap (1941)
San Diego Handicap (1946)
Demoiselle Stakes (1950)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1951)
Saranac Handicap (1952)
Daingerfield Handicap (1953)
Tremont Stakes (1953)
Valley Forge Handicap (1953)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1938)
Honours
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1979)
Significant horses
El Chico, Stagehand, Menow, Jacola

Born in Lower Gully, Kelligrews, Conception Bay, Newfoundland, while still a small boy Nick Wall's family moved to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. A coal mining town, the diminutive Wall work in the mines as a pony rider. He began his professional jockey career in 1926 and in 1928 scored his first major win in the King Edward Gold Cup at Woodbine Park Racetrack in Toronto. Riding principally in the United States, over the course of his career, Nick Wall had mounts in each of the American Classic Races with his best result in the Kentucky Derby coming in 1936 when he rode Coldstream to a fourth-place finish.

In 1938, Wall had his best year when he was the United States Champion Jockey by earnings. That year he won numerous important races at tracks in the New York and Boston area but earned national headlines for riding Stagehand to a victory over Seabiscuit in the Santa Anita Handicap at Arcadia, California.[2][3][4]

Nick Wall continued to race successfully but a serious injury sustained in a 1945 race diminished his riding skills. At the time of his retirement in 1957 he had made 11,164 starts, earning 1,419 firsts, 1,305 seconds, plus 1,352 third-place finishes.[5]

In 1940, Nick appeared in Monogram Pictures Corporation production of That Gang of Mine. He portrayed Jockey Jimmy Sullivan in an uncredited role.[6]

In 1979, Nick Wall was Inducted in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame. He died in Bellerose, New York in 1983 at age seventy-six.[7] [8]

FilmographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Annual Leading Jockeys" (PDF). Churchill Downs Incorporated. 2017-01-01. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  2. ^ "Santa Anita Handicap 1938". youtube.com. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ "Stagehand defeats Seabiscuit and wins the Santa Anita Handicap horse race in Arcadia, California". youtube.com. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  4. ^ "Santa Anita Handicap". racingdudes.com.
  5. ^ "Jockey - Nick - Wall". horseracingnation.com. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. ^ "1940 THAT GANG OF MINE - The East Side Kids _ Full movie". youtube.com. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  7. ^ "Nick Wall". Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. 1979-01-01. Retrieved 2018-12-11.
  8. ^ "Nick Wall". Sport Newfoundland and Labrador. 1979-11-02. Retrieved 2018-12-11.