Edward "Eddie" Retz Maple

Edward Eddie Retz Maple

Riding Career:
1970 - 1998
Birth Date:
Hall of Fame:
Career Wins:

Significant Mounts
Conquistador Cielo, Cox's Ridge, Creme Fraiche, Devil's Bag, Droll Role, Foolish Pleasure, Forty Niner, Majesty's Prince, Riva Ridge, Secretariat, Sky Beauty, Slew o'Gold, Swale, Temperence Hill

Major Race Wins
Florida Derby (1971)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1971, 1979, 1981, 1983, 1993)
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1971)
Arlington Classic (1972)
Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (1972)
Remsen Stakes (1972, 1977, 1981, 1989)
Saranac Handicap (1972, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1992)
Carter Handicap (1973, 1977, 1981, 1986)
Fall Highweight Handicap (1973)
Canadian International Stakes (1973, 1982)
Metropolitan Handicap (1974, 1978, 1982)
Ladies Handicap (1974, 1991)
Hempstead Handicap (1975, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1992)
Manhattan Handicap (1975, 1980, 1995)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1975)
Futurity Stakes (1976, 1983, 1987)
Dwyer Stakes (1976, 1982, 1987, 1989)
Suburban Handicap (1976, 1977)
Matron Stakes (1976, 1992)
Cowdin Stakes (1976, 1982, 1983, 1995)
Alabama Stakes (1976, 1981)
Tremont Stakes (1977, 1984)
Travers Stakes (1977, 1980, 1980, 1981, 1981)
Oaklawn Handicap (1978, 1981)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1978, 1983)
Kentucky Oaks (1978)
Gazelle Handicap (1979, 1984)
Belmont Stakes (1980, 1985)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1980)
Super Derby (1980, 1985, 1986)
Hollywood Derby (1981)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1981)
Damon Runyon Stakes (1981)
Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (1982, 1983)
Firenze Handicap (1982)
Champagne Stakes (1983, 1987)
Laurel Futurity (1983)
Frizette Stakes (1983)
Monmouth Oaks (1983)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1983)
Man O' War Stakes (1983)
Acorn Stakes (1984)
American Derby (1985)
Jerome Handicap (1985)
Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes (1985)
Stymie Handicap (1986)
Withers Stakes (1987)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1987)
Toboggan Handicap (1990)
Premio Ambrosiano (1991)
Premio Regina Elena (1991)
Arlington Million (1995)

Awards / Honors
George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award (1995)
Mike Venezia Memorial Award (1998)
U.S. Racing Hall of Fame (2009)

Edward Retz "Eddie" Maple is a retired American thoroughbred horse racing jockey. One of eight brothers and sisters, he was an older brother to jockey Sam Maple who won more than 2,500 races. He began riding horses at age 12 and won his first race as a professional at 17. He went on to be one of the top jockeys in the United States and a National Hall of Fame inductee.

He began his racing career in Ohio and West Virginia, and moved to tracks in New Jersey in 1970, but then later relocated to New York in 1971.

Maple was the jockey for Hall of Famer Riva Ridge in the 1973 Marlboro Cup, getting the ride when regular jockey Ron Turcotte rode Secretariat to victory in the same race. His strong 2nd place performance earned him the opportunity of a lifetime later that year when Turcotte was suspended from riding for five days, and Eddie Maple rode Secretariat to victory in his last race, the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. In 1982 he scored his second win in the Canadian International with Majesty's Prince.

In 1980, Eddie Maple won the Belmont Stakes aboard Temperence Hill and again in 1985 on Creme Fraiche. He competed in nine Kentucky Derbys, his best finish a second in 1982 behind winner Gato Del Sol. Among his other major victories, Eddie Maple won the Travers Stakes three times, the Kentucky Oaks, the Arlington Million, and the 1991 Italian 1,000 Guineas (Premio Regina Elena) in Rome, Italy.

In 1995, Eddie Maple was voted the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, and in 1998, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award. He retired in 1998 with 4,398 wins. He and his wife ran a retail home and garden store on Long Island, New York until 2005 when they sold the business and took on the position of General Manager at the Rose Hill Plantation Equestrian Boarding And Teaching Center in Bluffton, South Carolina.

Eddie was inducted into the National Racing Hall of Fame in 2009.

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