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Otto Wonderly

Otto Wonderly
Wonderly and Gold Heels at 1902 Suburban Handicap.
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Ontario, Canada
Birth date c. 1878
Death date April 2, 1905
Career wins not found
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins
Manhattan Handicap (1901)
Municipal Handicap (1901)
Queens County Handicap (1902)
Spindrift Stakes (1902)
Suburban Handicap (1902)
Coronation Futurity Stakes (1904)
Victoria Stakes (1904)
Significant horses
Flocarline, Fort Hunter, Gold Heels

Otto Wonderly (c.1878 - April 2, 1905) was a Canadian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey from Ontario who competed in his native Canada and in the United States where he was killed in a racing accident.

Before embarking on a riding career, Otto Wonderly worked as a newsboy for the Grand Trunk Railway. He was riding at a track in Windsor, Ontario when some prominent Canadian horsemen recognized his natural talent and arranged for him to go to the United States. There, he was placed under contract by James Ben Ali Haggin, one of America's preeminent horsemen and owner of the renowned Elmendorf Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Haggin paid Wonderly $15,000 for second call on his services for eight months. [1] He would later ride for a Chicago based stable and as well would ride in the United States and Canada for leading Canadian owner, Joseph E. Seagram. [2]

A highlight of Wonderly's career came on June 14, 1902 at the Sheepshead Bay Race Track in Brooklyn, New York when he won the most prestigious race in the United States for horses of all ages. For owners Fred C. McLewee and Diamond Jim Brady, Wonderly captured the famous Suburban Handicap aboard Gold Heels in race record time on an off track in front of more than 50,000 spectators. [3]

Riding freelance in 1905, Otto Wonderly died in hospital on April 2 as a result of head injuries sustained in a racing accident at Montgomery Park Racetrack in Memphis, Tennessee. [4]



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