Clarence J. A. Turner
Clarence Turner, c. 1912
|Birthplace||Plowhandle Point, Indiana, U.S.|
|Birth date||November 25, 1893|
|Death date||April 12, 1957|
|Major racing wins, honours & awards|
|Major racing wins|
Coronation Futurity Stakes (1912)
Preakness Stakes (1912)
|Colonel Holloway, Stromboli|
Born in rural Indiana, Clarence Turner began his riding career in his teens. He competed at tracks on the American east coat but when racing shut down in New York State during 1911 and 1912 as a result of a legislated ban on parimutuel betting, he rode at Havana, Cuba's Oriental Park Racetrack and at Old Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, Canada. While competing in Canada he rode for major stable owners such as Harry Giddings, Sr. and Commander J. K. L. Ross.
In the early 1920s, Clarence Turner was a contract rider for Joseph E. Widener and a few years later rode Stromboli to several of his important wins for owner August Belmont, Jr. In the pre-Triple Crown era, Turner had three mounts in the Kentucky Derby with his best result a third-place finish in 1925 aboard Son of John. He had six rides in the Preakness Stakes, winning the 1912 edition with Frank J. Nolan's Colonel Holloway. The following year he almost won his second straight Preakness when he finished second by a neck to winner, Buskin.
Clarence Turner died in 1957 in Miami, Florida.