Earl Sande

Earl Harold Sande (November 13, 1898 – August 19, 1968) was an American Hall of Fame jockey and thoroughbred horse trainer.

Earl Sande
Sande aboard champion Zev
OccupationJockey / Trainer
BornNovember 13, 1898
Groton, South Dakota
DiedAugust 19, 1968
Career wins968
Major racing wins
Dixie Handicap (1918)
Sanford Stakes (1918)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (1919)
Kenner Stakes (1919)
Merchants and Citizens Handicap (1919)
Clark Handicap (1920)
Connaught Cup Handicap (1920)
Fall Highweight Handicap (1920, 1923)
Ladies Handicap (1920)
Saratoga Handicap
(1920, 1924, 1927, 1928)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1921, 1928)
Dwyer Stakes (1921, 1926, 1930)
Jockey Club Gold Cup
(1921, 1922, 1927, 1930)
Metropolitan Handicap
(1921, 1922, 1923)
Lawrence Realization Stakes
(1922, 1923, 1930)
Pierrepont Handicap (1922)
Stuyvesant Handicap (1922, 1923)
Spinaway Stakes (1922)
Brooklyn Handicap (1923, 1938)
Champagne Stakes (1923)
Fashion Stakes (1923)
Gazelle Handicap (1923)
Manhattan Handicap (1923)
Saratoga Cup (1923, 1930)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1923, 1925, 1926)
Suburban Handicap (1923, 1924, 1930)
Toboggan Handicap (1923, 1927, 1928)
Carter Handicap (1924, 1928)
Tremont Stakes (1924, 1927)
Great American Stakes (1925)
Twin City Handicap (1925)
Havre de Grace Cup Handicap (1926)
Huron Handicap (1926)
Potomac Handicap (1926)
Jerome Handicap (1927)
Saranac Handicap (1927)
Wood Memorial Stakes (1930)
Santa Anita Derby (1938)
Blue Grass Stakes (1937, 1939)

American Classics wins:
Kentucky Derby
(1923, 1925, 1930)
Preakness Stakes
Belmont Stakes
(1921, 1923, 1924, 1927, 1930)
United States Triple Crown

Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by earnings
(1921, 1923, 1927)
U.S. Champion Trainer by earnings (1938)
United States Racing Hall of Fame (1955)
Significant horses
Chance Play, Chance Shot, Crusader,
Gallant Fox, Grey Lag, Mad Play, Mad Hatter, Sarazen, Sir Barton, Stagehand, Zev, Billy Kelly, Cudgel, Milkmaid

Early life in South Dakota

Born in Groton, South Dakota, Earl Sande started out as a bronco buster in the early 1900s 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 in a Jacksonville, Oregon nursing home.[1]


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