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Nick Wall

Nick Wall
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Conception Bay, Newfoundland, Canada
Birth date December 18, 1906
Death date March 17, 1983
Career wins 1,419
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
King Edward Gold Cup (1928)
Whitney Handicap (1937)
Cowdin Stakes (1938)
Santa Anita Handicap (1938, 1941)
Hopeful Stakes (1938)
Hawthorne Gold Cup (1938)
Jamaica Handicap (1938)
Massachusetts Handicap (1938)
Saratoga Special Stakes (1938)
Coaching Club American Oaks (1939)
Empire City Handicap (1939, 1950)
Toboggan Handicap (1939)
Washington Park Handicap (1940)
Astoria Stakes (1941)
Aqueduct Handicap (1941)
Excelsior Handicap (1941)
San Diego Handicap (1946)
Demoiselle Stakes (1950)
San Luis Obispo Handicap (1951)
Saranac Handicap (1952)
Tremont Stakes (1953)
Racing awards
United States Champion Jockey by earnings (1938)
Canada's Sports Hall of Fame (1979)
Significant horses
El Chico, Stagehand, Menow, Jacola

Nicholas J. "Nick" Wall (December 18, 1906 - March 17, 1983) was a Canadian jockey who competed successfully in Canada and was the 1938 Champion rider in the United States.

Born in Conception Bay, Newfoundland, while still a small boy Nick Wall's family moved to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. A coal mining town, the diminutive Wall work in the mines as a pony rider. He began his professional jockey career in 1926 and in 1928 scored his first major win in the King Edward Gold Cup at Woodbine Park Racetrack in Toronto. Riding principally in the United States, over the course of his career, Nick Wall had mounts in each of the American Classic Races with his best result in the Kentucky Derby coming in 1936 when he rode Coldstream to a fourth-place finish.

In 1938, Wall had his best year when he was the United States Champion Jockey by earnings. That year he won numerous important races at tracks in the New York and Boston area but earned national headlines for riding Stagehand to a victory over the legendary Seabiscuit in the Santa Anita Handicap at Arcadia, California.

Nick Wall continued to race successfully but a serious injury sustained in a 1945 race diminished his riding skills. At the time of his retirement in 1957 he had made 11,164 starts, earning 1,419 firsts, 1,305 seconds, plus 1,352 third-place finishes.

In 1979, Nick Wall was Inducted in Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sports Hall of Fame. He died in Bellerose, New York in 1983 at age seventy-six.



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