Eddie Arcaro Remembered
1916 - 1997
Eddie Arcaro, one of the all-time greatest jockeys, passed away Friday November 14, 1997. There has already been several wonderful articles written to summarize his career which I will link to below, so as a tribute to him I decided to put up a few photos and a video from my collection. Farewell Eddie, we will miss you.
Whirlaway and Eddie in the winner's circle of the 1941 Kentucky Derby
There were several games put out with Eddie's endorsement. This one is Eddie Arcaro Sweepstakes from 1954.
The Master's rid'n faster yet
I can't hold myself together
hearing that the Master's gone
If he rode like the wind
he flies like an eagle now
Fly on little wing
I just wanted to share a memory I have of Eddie Arcaro. When I was in junior high, one of my teachers happened to live next door to Eddie. I wrote up a list of questions (very amateurish), and my teacher gave them to Eddie and asked if he would be kind enough to answer them. He answered each and every one of the questions, regardless of how silly they may have been, and then he signed his name after the final question on the last page. I will always think of him as a man who was generous enough to take the time for a young horse racing fan. I am saddened to hear of his passing.
I wanted to share a memory of Eddiie Arcaro, affectionately known as "Banana Nose".
Looking at the posted photo of a cheap claiming race at Belmont Park in 1959 I saw "the master" out over the winning horse's shoulder, extending his whip under the horse's chin to coax his nose to the wire first.
Thanks for the memories Banana Nose.
- Arcaro bio from the Racing Hall of Fame
- Arcaro obituary - from Fallight.com
- Top 100 Athletes of the Century bio - Arcaro is #66 on the list, nice article.
- Jockeys' Guild Leads the Way for Safety - Eddie was one of the founders of the Jockeys' Guild.
- Whirlaway - Eddie's first Triple Crown winner
- Citation - Eddie's second Triple Crown winner
- The Horses of Calumet Farm - Eddie rode many of these horses
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All photos from my personal collection.