Earl H. Sande

Earl H. Sande

Riding Career:
1918 - 1953
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Hall of Fame:
Career Mounts:
Career Wins:
968 (26.4%)

Significant Mounts
Chance Shot, Crusader, Gallant Fox, Grey Lag, Mad Hatter, Mad Play, Sarazen, Sir Barton, Stagehand, Zev

Major Race Wins
Clark Handicap (1920)
Fall Highweight Handicap (1920, 1923)
Ladies Handicap (1920)
Connaught Cup Handicap (1920)
Belmont Stakes (1921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1930)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1921, 1922, 1927, 1930)
Dwyer Stakes (1921, 1926, 1930)
Metropolitan Handicap (1921, 1922, 1923)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1921, 1928)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1922, 1923, 1930)
Stuyvesant Handicap (1922, 1923)
Spinaway Stakes (1922)
Champagne Stakes (1923)
Kentucky Derby (1923, 1925, 1930)
Suburban Handicap (1923, 1924, 1930)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1923, 1925, 1926)
Toboggan Handicap (1923, 1927, 1928)
Brooklyn Handicap (1923, 1938)
Gazelle Handicap (1923)
Manhattan Handicap (1923)
Tremont Stakes (1924, 1927)
Carter Handicap (1924, 1928)
Jerome Handicap (1927)
Saranac Handicap (1927)
Preakness Stakes (1930)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1930)
Blue Grass Stakes (1937, 1939)
Santa Anita Derby (1938)

Awards / Honors
United States Champion Jockey by Earnings (1921, 1923, 1927)
United States Triple Crown (1930)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1955)

Earl H. Sande was an American Hall of Fame jockey and thoroughbred horse trainer.

Born in Groton, South Dakota, Earl Sande started out as a bronco buster in the early 1900's but then became a successful American quarter horse rider before switching to thoroughbred horse racing in 1918. Sande joined Cal Shilling and Johnny Loftus as a contract rider for Commander J. K. L. Ross. In 1919, he tied an American record with six wins on a single racecard at Havre de Grace Racetrack. He went on to ride for noted owners such as Harry F. Sinclair, and Samuel D. Riddle and was the leading money-winning jockey in the United States in 1921, 1923, and again in 1927. He won both the Belmont Stakes five times and the Jockey Club Gold Cup on four occasions, the Kentucky Derby three times and the Preakness Stakes once. In 1923 he won 39 stakes races for Harry F. Sinclair's Rancocas Stable, ten of which were on ultimate Horse of the Year winner Zev, including the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Stakes, and a match race against England's Epsom Derby winner Papyrus. Sande's most famous wins came aboard Gallant Fox in 1930 when he won the U.S. Triple Crown.

Sande's fame was such that he was immortalized in a number of poems by Damon Runyon. Following his retirement in 1932, Earl Sande remained in the industry as a trainer. In 1938 he was the United States leading trainer and by the mid 1940s owned and operated his own racing stable.

In 1955, Earl Sande was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. His life story was told in the 2004 book by Richard J. Maturi titled "Triple Crown Winner: The Earl Sande Saga" (ISBN 0-9607298-5-2).

Earl Sande died in 1968 at the Landshead Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.

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