Vincent Powers

Vincent Minford Powers (June 6, 1891 – October 19, 1966) was an American Champion jockey and trainer who competed in both flat racing and steeplechase racing. He rode the winning horse Wintergreen in the 1909 Kentucky Derby and in 1927 and 1928 rode Jolly Roger to back-to-back wins in the most important steeplechase race in the United States, the American Grand National. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2015 as well as the Chautauqua County, New York Sports Hall of Fame in formal ceremonies held on February 16, 2015.[1][2] [3] [4]

Vincent Powers
Wintergreen 1909.jpg
Vincent Powers at the 1909 Kentucky Derby
OccupationJockey / Trainer
Born(1891-06-06)June 6, 1891
Westfield, New York
DiedOctober 19, 1966(1966-10-19) (aged 75)
New York City, New York
Major racing wins
Double Event Stakes (part 1) (1909)
Foam Stakes (1909)
Great Trial Stakes (1909)
Surf Stakes (1909)
Fashion Stakes (1910)
Saratoga Cup (1910)

American Classics wins:
Kentucky Derby (1909)

Racing awards
U.S. Champion flat racing Jockey by wins
(1908, 1909)
U.S. Champion Steeplechase Jockey by wins
Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame (2015)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (2015
Significant horses
Wintergreen, Cherry Malotte, Countless, Donau, Fitz Herbert, Jolly Roger, Maskette, Short Grass

In 1908 and 1909, Vincent Powers earned national riding championships when he won more races than any other jockey in United States flat racing.[5] In 1917 he became the first jockey in American racing to win a National Championship in both steeplechase and flat racing.


  1. ^ "Jockey Powers and racehorse Billy Kelly elected to Hall of Fame". 2015-05-21. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  2. ^ "Vincent Powers". Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  3. ^ "Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees". WRFA-LP Radio, Jamestown, New York. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  4. ^ "Hall of Fame Inductees". Chautaqua Sports Hall of Fame. 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2018-10-26.
  5. ^ Churchill Downs Incorporated. Annual Leading Jockeys Retrieved June 23, 2018