Arthur Pickens

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Arthur Pickens
Stone Street 1908.jpg
Arthur Pickens aboard Stone Street, May 5, 1908
Occupation Jockey
Born July 8, 1888
Norwood, Ohio, United States
Died January 16, 1944
Career wins 1,055
Major racing wins

Breeders' Stakes (1916)
Coronation Futurity Stakes (1916)
Long Beach Handicap (1917)
Tuckahoe Handicap (1919)
Yonkers Handicap (1919)
Grand National Handicap (1920)
D&C Handicap (1922)

American Classic Race wins:
Kentucky Derby (1908)
Canadian Classic Race wins:
King's Plate (1916)
Breeders' Stakes (1916)
National Jockey's Hall of Fame
Significant horses
Mandarin, Stone Street, The Finn

Arthur Pickens (July 8, 1888 – January 16, 1944) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey who won the most prestigious race in both the United States and Canada.

Pickens began his career working as an exercise rider in 1906. Two years later, nineteen-year-old Pickens became the youngest jockey to ever win the Kentucky Derby when he rode named Stone Street to victory over Bashford Manor Stable's heavy favorite Sir Cleges.[1] His age record stood for seventy years until Steve Cauthen won the 1978 running. In 1916 Pickens won two of the three races that would later be part of the Canadian Triple Crown series. His wins came aboard distiller Joseph Seagram's colt Mandarin in the 1916 Breeders' Stakes and in Canada's most prestigious[citation needed] race, the King's Plate.[2] That year he also won the Coronation Futurity Stakes for the Seagram Stable.

Among his other accomplishments in racing, on May 28, 1918, he rode four winners at Prospect Park Fair Grounds on Coney Island, New York.[3] In winters he rode at Oriental Park Racetrack in Havana, Cuba, where in 1924 he was one of the track's top jockeys.[4]

Arthur Pickens died at age 55 in Maysville, Kentucky, where he and his wife Lillian Webster Pickens made their home. He is buried in the Maysville Cemetery.[5] Following its formation in 1955, Pickens was inducted in the National Jockey's Hall of Fame at Pimlico Race Course.[6]

In 2008, Raymond H. Davis of Rockville, Maryland, a second cousin of Arthur Pickens, published his biography titled Remembering Arthur Pickens.[7]


  1. ^ "1908 - 2017 Kentucky Derby & Oaks - May 5 and 6, 2017 - Tickets, Events, News". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ King's Plate History at Woodbine Entertainment
  3. ^ "archives - - PICKENS HAS BIG DAY". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  4. ^ "$173,600 Paid Out at Havana Pickens Leads the Jockeys". January 16, 1924. Retrieved December 8, 2016 – via 
  5. ^ "Arthur Pickens (1888 - 1944) - Find A Grave Memorial". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  6. ^ Archived May 25, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ TONCRAY, MARLA. "Remembering Arthur Pickens". Retrieved December 8, 2016.