Hartack, Bill

in full William John Hartack

born Dec. 9, 1932, Ebensburg, Pa., U.S.

U.S. jockey.

He became the second jockey (after Eddie Arcaro) ever to win five Kentucky Derbies (1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1969). In 1956 he became the first jockey to win $2 million in a single year; he surpassed $3 million the following year. In 1972 he became the fifth jockey ever to win over 4,000 races.

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▪ 2008
William John Hartack, Jr. 
      American jockey

born Dec. 9, 1932, Ebensburg, Pa.

died Nov. 26, 2007, near Freer, Texas
was the second jockey, after Eddie Arcaro, ever to win five Kentucky Derby races and the first, in 1956, to win $2 million in a single year, a record he broke the following year by earning $3 million. For three consecutive years—1955, 1956, and 1957—he was the national champion jockey, winning 417, 347, and 341 races, respectively. In 1960 he was again the national champion, with 307 winning mounts. In 1956 Hartack rode Fabius to victory in the Preakness Stakes, and in 1957 he rode Iron Liege to victory in the Kentucky Derby. His four other Kentucky Derby winners were Venetian Way (1960), Decidedly (1962), Northern Dancer (1964), and Majestic Prince (1969). He won the Preakness for a second time in 1964, riding Northern Dancer, and for a third time in 1969, on Majestic Prince. He also was victorious in the 1960 Belmont Stakes aboard Celtic Ash. In 1972 Hartack became the fifth jockey ever to win more than 4,000 races. He retired in 1980.

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▪ American jockey
byname of  William John Hartack, Jr.  
born Dec. 9, 1932, Ebensburg, Pa., U.S.
died Nov. 26, 2007, near Freer, Texas
 American jockey who was the second, after Eddie Arcaro (Arcaro, Eddie), ever to win five Kentucky Derbies and the first, in 1956, to win $2 million in a single year, a record he broke the following year by earning $3 million. For three consecutive years—1955, 1956, and 1957—he was the national champion jockey, winning 417, 347, and 341 races respectively. Again in 1960 he was the national champion, with 307 winning mounts.

      In 1956 Hartack rode Fabius to victory at the Preakness Stakes, and in 1957 he rode Iron Liege to victory at the Kentucky Derby. His four other Kentucky Derby winners were Venetian Way, 1960; Decidedly, 1962; Northern Dancer, 1964; and Majestic Prince, 1969. In 1964, riding Northern Dancer, he won the Preakness for a second time and, in 1969, for a third time, on Majestic Prince. He also rode the winner Celtic Ash in the Belmont Stakes in 1960 and Ridan in the Arlington Futurity in 1961. In 1972 Hartack became the fifth jockey ever to win more than 4,000 races. He retired in 1980.

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