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Clarence Kummer

Clarence Kummer
Clarence Kummer on Man o' War, 1920
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace New York City, New York, U.S.
Birth date August 8, 1899
Death date December 18, 1930
Career wins 464 (18.8%)
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Westchester Handicap (1919)
Aqueduct Handicap (1920)
Dwyer Stakes (1920)
Jerome Handicap (1920)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1920)
Manhattan Handicap (1920)
Saranac Handicap (1920)
Saratoga Handicap (1920)
Stuyvesant Handicap (1920)
Withers Stakes (1920, 1922)
Astoria Stakes (1921)
Carter Handicap (1921)
Demoiselle Stakes (1921)
Suburban Handicap (1921, 1927)
Toboggan Handicap (1921)
Adirondack Stakes (1922)
Tremont Stakes (1921, 1922)
Hopeful Stakes (1922)
Maryland Handicap (1922)
Paumonok Handicap (1924)
Mount Vernon Handicap (1924)
International Special No.2 (1924)
Travers Stakes (1925)

American Classic Race wins:
Preakness Stakes (1920, 1925)
Belmont Stakes (1920, 1928)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1920)
United States' Racing Hall of Fame (1972)
Significant horses
Sir Barton, Man o' War, Exterminator, Sarazen
Zev, Chance Play, St. James, Coventry, Vito

Clarence Kummer (August 8, 1899 - December 18, 1930) was a U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey who won four American Classic Races.

In early 1920, Kummer rode the 1919 Triple Crown Champion Sir Barton to a new Saratoga track record in winning the Saratoga Handicap. In May 1920 he was given the opportunity to ride Man o' War after Johnny Loftus retired. He rode the great horse to nine wins in nine starts. Kummer's successes in 1920 made him that year's top money-winning jockey in the United States.

Clarence Kummer won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes twice each and had four mounts in the Kentucky Derby with his best result a second place finish in 1923. In a relatively short career he won numerous important races, including the 1925 edition of the prestigious Travers Stakes, but by the end of the latter part of the 1920s constantly battled weight gains and was forced to retire after the 1928 racing season in which he had won his second Belmont Stakes. He then worked as an exercise rider for trainer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons but was attempting a comeback in 1930 when he died from pneumonia believed to have been as a result of his weakened physical condition brought on by a harsh dieting regimen.

On December 1, 1921 Clarence Kummer married Marion Gascoyne. They had one daughter, Jacquelin. In 1932, his widow married another future Hall of Fame jockey, Earl Sande.

Clarence Kummer was inducted in the United States' Racing Hall of Fame in 1972.



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