05/11/2016 10:50AM

Jockey Wright, Preakness winner Tom Ochiltree added to 2016 Hall of Fame class


Jockey Wayne D. Wright, who won all three Triple Crown races, and 1875 Preakness winner and great handicap horse Tom Ochiltree have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The Historic Review Committee of the Hall of Fame announced the two new members Wednesday for induction Aug. 12 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. They join contemporary selections Zenyatta, Rachel Alexandra, trainer Steve Asmussen, and jockey Ramon Dominguez as 2016 inductees.

The Historic Review Committee considers people and horses who are no longer eligible for voting by the general voting membership. The Pillars of the Turf committee will be announcing two 2016 inductees for that group of influential owners, breeders, and racing executives in several weeks.

Wright, born in 1916 in Rexburg, Idaho, rode from 1931 through 1949, winning 1,492 races from 9,764 mounts (15.3 percent) with earnings of $3,112,344. Wright won the 1942 Kentucky Derby on Shut Out, the 1945 Preakness on Polynesian, and the 1934 Belmont on Peace Chance.

He ranked in the top five jockeys in North America in earnings for six consecutive years from 1933 through 1938 and was the leading rider in 1934 and 1936. He finished among the top 15 jockeys in earnings eight times.

Wright rode War Admiral to wins in the Whitney and Jockey Club Gold Cup and was aboard Omaha for his wins in the Dwyer and Arlington Classic. Other major wins for Wright included back-to-back editions of the Champagne (1934, 1935), two runnings of the Arlington Classic (1935, 1938), two runnings of the Dwyer (1935, 1940), two of the Fashion (1938, 1939), two of the Rosedale Handicap (1933, 1939), two of the Saranac Handicap (1934, 1945), and two Withers (1935, 1945). He also won the Delaware Handicap, Belmont Futurity, Pimlico Futurity, Sanford, Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Handicap, Travers, and Wood Memorial, among many stakes victories.

Wright was a trainer from 1950 through 1956, and he died in Yerington, Nev., at age 86 in 2003.

Tom Ochiltree, a son of the great sire Lexington born in 1872, was voted in largely due to his record as an older horse, though he did win the Preakness in his second career start. A horse of enormous size, Tom Ochiltree was trained by Racing Hall of Famer R.W. Walden and did not race at 2. He made his debut in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race at Pimlico in late May 1975 and two days later won the third running of the Preakness. He finished the year with four wins in nine starts.

He came back at age 4 and won his first five starts: the Baltimore Cup, Jockey Club Handicap, the 2 3/4-mile Centennial Stakes, the 2 1/2-mile Monmouth Cup, and the three-mile Capital Stakes.

After finishing second to Hall of Famer Parole at Saratoga in late July, Tom Ochiltree strung together three more wins: the 2 1/4-mile Saratoga Cup, giving Parole 21 pounds, the Maturity Stakes, and Centennial Cup. He compiled a record of 8-1-1 and earnings of $22,845 from 10 starts that year.

At age 5, Tom Ochiltree began with four straight wins, including another Baltimore Cup and the 2 1/4-mile Westchester Cup. He won nine of 13 starts in 1877 before being retired. Tom Ochiltree was considered by historians to be the retrospective co-champion handicap male of 1876.

Tom Ochiltree finished his career with 21 wins in 33 starts, with five seconds, three thirds, and earnings of $41,445.