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Mike Manganello

Mike Manganello
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Hartford, Connecticut,
United States
Birth date 1941
Career wins 2,500+
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes
(1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971)
Bewitch Stakes (1968)
Blue Grass Stakes (1970)
Churchill Downs Handicap (1970)
Lafayette Stakes (1970)
Breeders' Futurity Stakes (1973)
Clark Handicap (1973)
Hawthorne Derby (1973)
Derby Trial Stakes (1974)
Pucker Up Stakes (1976)
Tejano Run Stakes (1977)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1970)
Significant horses
Dust Commander

Michael "Mike" Manganello (born 1941 in Hartford, Connecticut) is a retired American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. He got his start working for trainer Odie Clelland as a stable hand then began riding professionally in 1959 and earned his first win on March 3, 1960 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. On June 25, 1964 he rode five straight winners at Ohio's Thistledown Racecourse. He was a long-time fan favorite at Florida Downs in Oldsmar, Florida where he won four races on a single day on February 15, 1968, set a season record with 75 wins in 1969, and by 1975 had won five riding titles. [1] His five wins in the Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes is the most by any jockey as at 2009.

Citing safety concerns, in 1968 Manganello was part of a group of jockeys competing at Churchill Downs who signed an informal agreement declaring that they would not compete against Penny Ann Early who was trying to become the first female jockey to ride in a race at a major racetrack in the United States. [2]

In 1970, Mike Manganello won the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky aboard Dust Commander then rode the colt to a commanding five-length victory in the most prestigious race in American horse racing, the Kentucky Derby.

Mike Manganello retired from riding in 1979 and went to work as a horse trainer with his own public stable but returned to riding in 1984. In 1987, he won race number 2,500 of his career at Tampa Bay Downs. He went on to a new career in racing as a race steward at various American racetracks. [3]

In April 2005, Mike Manganello was honored for his Kentucky Derby win with his handprints set in concrete on the "Gallop to Glory" walk at the main entrance to the historic Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. [4]

Residents of Lexington, Kentucky, Mike Manganello and his wife Mary had three children. Mary Manganello (b. 1942), died in 2008.



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