William "Bill" N. Boland

William Bill N. Boland

Riding Career:
1949 - 1969
Hall of Fame:
Career Wins:

Significant Mounts
Amberoid, Beau Purple, Middleground, Porterhouse, Sword Dancer, Terrang

Major Race Wins
Belmont Stakes (1950, 1966)
Kentucky Derby (1950)
Kentucky Oaks (1950)
Diana Handicap (1950)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1950)
Massachusetts Handicap (1952, 1956)
Arlington Handicap (1952)
Hawthorne Gold Cup (1952, 1956, 1962)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1953)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1953)
Acorn Stakes (1954)
San Felipe Stakes (1955, 1960)
Alabama Stakes (1955)
Malibu Stakes (1955, 1960)
Frizette Stakes (1955)
San Marcos Stakes (1955)
Whitney Handicap (1956)
San Antonio Handicap (1956)
Metropolitan Handicap (1956)
Spinaway Stakes (1956, 1958)
San Miguel Stakes (1956)
Narragansett Special (1957)
Dwyer Handicap (1957)
San Bernardino Handicap (1958, 1959)
San Pasqual Handicap (1958)
Santa Catalina Handicap (1958, 1959)
Santa Anita Oaks (1958)
Santa Maria Handicap (1958)
Santa Anita Handicap (1959)
Man o' War Handicap (1959)
Stymie Handicap (1960, 1967)
Hempstead Handicap (1961)
Suburban Handicap (1962)
Man o' War Handicap (1962)
Widener Handicap (1963)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1966)
Amory L. Haskell Handicap (1968)
Woodbine Oaks (1968)

Awards / Honors
National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (2006)

William N. "Bill" Boland is a retired American Hall of Fame jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Boland began his riding career in 1949 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. While still a sixteen-year-old apprentice in 1950, he won the Kentucky Oaks then the following day rode Middleground to victory in the Kentucky Derby. Boland missed winning the U.S. Triple Crown series that year when he and Middleground finished second after a rough trip in the Preakness Stakes but then won the Belmont Stakes. In 1966 Boland won his second Belmont Stakes aboard Amberoid for trainer Lucien Laurin.

Widely respected by his peers, in 1959 Bill Boland received the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award given to the North American jockey who demonstrates high standards of personal and professional conduct, on and off the racetrack.

Bill Boland retired from racing in 1969 and turned to training horses for a time. He was inducted into the United States Racing Hall of Fame in 2006.

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