Eddie Maple Speaker Profile
Eddie Maple Biography
EddieMaple was born November 8, 1948 in Carrollton, Ohio and is a retired Americanthoroughbred horse racing jockey. One of eight brothers and sisters, he was anolder brother to jockey Sam Maple who won more than 2,500 races. He beganriding horses at age 12 and won his first race as a professional at 17. He wenton to be one of the top jockeys in the United States and a National Hall ofFame inductee.
He beganhis racing career in Ohio and West Virginia, and moved to tracks in New Jerseyin 1970, but then later relocated to New York in 1971.
Maple wasthe jockey for Hall of Famer Riva Ridge in the 1973 Marlboro Cup, getting theride when regular jockey Ron Turcotte rode Secretariat to victory in the samerace. His strong 2nd place performance earned him the opportunity of a lifetimelater that year when Turcotte was suspended from riding for five days, andEddie Maple rode Secretariat to victory in his last race, the CanadianInternational Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. In 1982 he scored his second win inthe Canadian International with Majesty's Prince.
In 1980,Eddie Maple won the Belmont Stakes aboard Temperence Hill and again in 1985 onCreme Fraiche. He competed in nine Kentucky Derbys, his best finish asecond in 1982 behind winner Gato Del Sol. Among his other major victories,Eddie Maple won the Travers Stakes three times, the Kentucky Oaks, theArlington Million, and the 1991 Italian 1,000 Guineas (Premio Regina Elena) inRome, Italy.
In 1995,Eddie Maple was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and in 1998, theMike Venezia Memorial Award. He retired in 1998 with 4,398 wins. He and hiswife ran a retail home and garden store on Long Island, New York until 2005when they sold the business and took on the position of General Manager at theRose Hill Plantation Equestrian Boarding And Teaching Center in Bluffton, SouthCarolina.
Eddie wasinducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.
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