William Boland

William Norris "Bill" Boland (born July 16, 1933 at Corpus Christi, Texas) is a retired American Hall of Fame jockey and trainer in Thoroughbred horse racing.[1]

Bill Boland
OccupationJockey/ Trainer
BornJuly 16, 1933
Corpus Christi, Texas
United States
Career wins2,049
Major racing wins
Diana Handicap (1950)
Fashion Stakes (1950)
Gallant Fox Handicap (1950)
Saratoga Handicap (1950)
Kentucky Oaks (1950)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1950)
Arlington Handicap (1952)
Marguerite Stakes (1952)
Massachusetts Handicap (1952, 1956)
Hawthorne Gold Cup (1952, 1956, 1962)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1953)
Empire City Gold Cup (1953)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1953)
National Stallion Stakes (1953)
Acorn Stakes (1954)
Alabama Stakes (1955)
Frizette Stakes (1955)
Malibu Stakes (1955, 1960)
San Marcos Stakes (1955)
San Felipe Stakes (1955, 1960)
Metropolitan Handicap (1956)
San Antonio Handicap (1956)
San Miguel Stakes (1956)
Spinaway Stakes (1956, 1958)
Whitney Handicap (1956)
Dwyer Handicap (1957)
Narragansett Special (1957)
San Bernardino Handicap (1958, 1959)
San Pasqual Handicap (1958)
Santa Anita Oaks (1958)
Santa Maria Handicap (1958)
Man o' War Handicap (1959, 1962)
Santa Anita Handicap (1959)
Santa Catalina Handicap (1958, 1959)
Stymie Handicap (1960, 1967)
Hempstead Handicap (1961)
Suburban Handicap (1962)
Black Helen Handicap (1963, 1967)
Widener Handicap (1963)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1966)
Amory L. Haskell Handicap (1968)
Woodbine Oaks (1968)

As a trainer:
Gallant Fox Handicap (1978)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1950)
Belmont Stakes (1950, 1966)

Racing awards
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1959)
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2006)
Significant horses
Middleground, Porterhouse, Terrang
Sword Dancer, Beau Purple, Better Self Amberoid, Kissin' George

Boland began his riding career in 1949 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. While still a sixteen-year-old apprentice, riding Better Self for owner Robert J. Kleberg Jr.'s King Ranch and trainer Max Hirsch, Boland earned the first stakes race win of his career on April 29, 1950 in the Gallant Fox Handicap at Jamaica Race Course.[2] He went on to the Kentucky Oaks aboard Ari's Mona [3] then the following day rode Middleground to victory in the Kentucky Derby.[4] Boland missed winning the U.S. Triple Crown series that year when he and Middleground finished second after a rough trip in the Preakness Stakes but then won the Belmont Stakes.[5] In 1966 Boland won his second Belmont Stakes aboard Amberoid for trainer Lucien Laurin.[6]

Widely respected by his peers, in 1959 Bill Boland received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award given to the North American jockey who demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack.[7]

Bill Boland retired from racing in 1969 and turned to training horses for a time. He was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.


  1. ^ "William N. Boland". Racingmuseum.org. 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  2. ^ "Fashions Own Pace at Jamaica Route: Young Bill Boland Handles King Ranch Horse Smoothly". Daily Racing Form at University of Kentucky Archives. 1950-05-01. Retrieved 2018-12-09.
  3. ^ New York Times - June 17, 1956
  4. ^ Sarasota Herald-Tribune - May 7, 1950
  5. ^ The Wilmington, North Carolina Star-News - June 11, 1950
  6. ^ Miami News - June 5, 1966
  7. ^ The Spokane, Washington Spokesman-Review - February 3, 1959
Preceded by
Sam Boulmetis
Jockeys' Guild President
Succeeded by
Walter Blum