Ruperto Donoso

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Ruperto Donoso
Occupation Jockey
Born November 10, 1914
Santiago, Chile
Died August 16, 2001
Career wins Not found
Major racing wins

Newport Purse (1938)
New Castle Handicap (1939)
Brandywine Handicap (1940)
McLennan Memorial Handicap (1940)
Spinaway Stakes (1940)
Schuylerville Stakes (1940)
Widener Challenge Cup Handicap
Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (1941)
Matron Stakes (1941)
Cowdin Stakes (1946)
Remsen Stakes (1946)
Empire City Handicap (1947)
Whitney Handicap (1947)
Demoiselle Stakes (1947)
Dwyer Stakes (1947)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (1947)
Long Branch Handicap (1948)
Massachusetts Handicap (1948)
Merchants' and Citizens' Handicap (1948)

American Classic Race wins:
Belmont Stakes (1947)
Significant horses
Phalanx, Take Wing

Ruperto Donoso (November 10, 1914 - August 16, 2001) was a jockey in the sport of Thoroughbred horse racing best known for riding Phalanx to victory in the 1947 Belmont Stakes. He also rode Gilded Knight to a second place finish in the 1939 Preakness Stakes.

A native of Santiago, Chile, before going to the United States, Donoso rode in Santiago and at the Hipódromo de Monterrico in Lima, Peru. [1]

Ruperto Donoso was required to do mandatory service with the Chilean Army and as such did not race in 1942 and 1943, returning on July 24, 1944 to compete at New Yorks Belmont Park. In the 1947 U.S. Triple Crown series, superstar jockey Eddie Arcaro rode Phalanx to a second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and to a third in the Preakness Stakes. It was then that trainer Syl Veitch decided to replace Arcaro with the C. V. Whitney stable's secondary jockey in the Belmont Stakes. Donoso had ridden Phalanx to two wins in 1946 but as the stable's first string jockey, Arcaro had had first choice on all mounts. [2]