Jack Gordon Westrope

Jack Gordon Westrope

Riding Career:
1933 - 1958
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Hall of Fame:
Career Wins:

Significant Mounts
Cravat, Parlo, Stagehand

Major Race Wins
Blue Grass Stakes (1937)
Tremont Stakes (1938)
Santa Anita Derby (1938)
Suburban Handicap (1939)
Matron Stakes (1939)
San Juan Capistrano Handica (1939)
Westerner Stakes (1939, 1946, 1950)
Hollywood Gold Cup (1941)
Cowdin Stakes (1941)
Jerome Handicap (1943)
Hollywood Derby (1946, 1950)
Vosburgh Stakes (1947)
Frizette Stakes (1947)
San Antonio Handicap (1949)
Del Mar Derby (1949)
Massachusetts Handicap (1953)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1953)
San Fernando Stakes (1954, 1956)
Delaware Oaks (1954)

Awards / Honors
United States Champion Jockey by Wins (1933)

Jack Gordon Westrope was an American Hall of Fame jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Born in Baker, Montana, Westrope was only 12 years old when he rode his first winner on a small track in Lemmon, South Dakota. By age 15, while still officially an apprentice jockey, he was the leading rider in the U.S. for 1933. Westrope scored 301 victories from the 1,224 races he competed in that year, giving him a 25% win rate, the highest for any national title holder during the past twenty-four years.

Although based on the West Coast of the United States, Jack Westrope won races across the United States and in Cuba. During his career, he rode 2,467 winners including in numerous important graded stakes races such as the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, and the Hollywood Gold Cup.

During the running of the 1958 Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California, Westrope was severely injured when he was thrown from his horse and died in hospital a few hours later. He was survived by his wife Terry, and daughters Pamela and Jackie.

For his contribution to the sport, Jack Westrope was inducted posthumously in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2002.

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