05/09/2014 12:21PM

Hall of Fame class to include 19th-century jockey, racehorse


Lloyd Hughes, the first jockey to win the Preakness Stakes three times, and the racehorse Clifford, who won 42 of 62 starts in the 1890s, were announced Friday as inductees into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame by the Hall’s 12-member Historic Review Committee.

Those two will join contemporary inductees Ashado, Curlin, trainer Gary Jones, and jockey Alex Solis as this year’s Hall of Fame class. All will be inducted Aug. 8 at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where the Hall of Fame is located.

Hughes won the Preakness in 1875, at age 18, and again in 1879-80. The only riders with more Preakness victories are Eddie Arcaro and Pat Day. Hughes also won the Belmont Stakes and Travers twice each (in 1878 and 1880) and won the Dixie Handicap each year from 1878-81. He remains the only rider to have won the Dixie four straight times.

A native of Wales, Hughes rode many of the elite racehorses of his era, including Hall of Famer Duke of Magenta and Spinaway, who now has a race named for her at Saratoga. His other major victories included the Alabama, Jerome, and Monmouth Oaks.

According to the Hall of Fame, Hughes was described by the famous turf writer Walter Vosburgh as “one of the most successful jockeys in the great stakes races” and “the most expert rider of 2-year-olds in America.”

Hughes died in New York in 1925 at age 68.

Clifford raced from 1892-97. Foaled in Tennessee at W.H. Jackson’s Belle Meade Stud in 1890, he was owned by Clifford Porter, who named the horse after himself, and later by Eugene Leigh and Robert L. Rose. He was trained by Charles H. Hughes, Leigh, and finally John W. Rogers.

As a 3-year-old, Clifford won 18 of 24 starts, including 11 straight over five weeks at Hawthorne Park. At 4, he won 10 of 16 starts, most notably against Belmont and Travers winner Henry of Navarre in the Second Special at Gravesend. He won the Second Special again at age 5 during a year in which he went 7 for 10.

Clifford went to stud in New York after being retired at age 7 and lived until he was 27.