Georges Stern

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Georges Stern
DiedOctober 1928

Georges Stern (1882 – October 1928), nicknamed "The King of the Derbies"and "King of the Jockeys", was a French jockey.[1] He rode in both England and France.[1][2]

Stern, who was Jewish, was born in France to British parents, who were naturalized in France.[1][3][4]

In 1904, he won the Grand Prix, the French Derby (riding Ajax), the French Oaks (Profane), the Austrian Derby (Con Amore), the German Derby (Con Amore), and the Baden Baden Prix (Caius).[5]

In 1908 he won the French Derby, the Austrian Derby, and the German Derby, and finished second in the Belgian Derby.[1][6]

In 1898, at 17 years of age, in Colombes Stern won his first race riding Finlas, a horse owned and trained by his father.[1] In 1900, he won the debut Grand Prix de Deauville, riding Amedee.[1] That year, with 91 wins he ranked as the best jockey in the world.[1] He won the Deauville again in 1901 (riding Jacobite), 1902 (Maximum), and 1909 (Biniou).[1]

He won the 1911 Epsom Derby (riding Sunstar).[1][7][8][9] He was a six-time winner of the Prix du Jockey Club’s French Derby—in 1901 (Saxon), 1904 (Ajax), 1908 (Quintette), 1913 (Dagor), 1914 (Sardanapale), and 1922 (Ramus).[1] He won the Grand Prix de Paris in 1904 (Ajax), 1913 (Bruleur), 1914 (Sardanapale), and 1922 (Ramus).[1][6]

He retired in 1926.[1] In his career, he had over 1,000 victories.[1] He died at the age of 48, in November 1928 in France.[1]

In 1993, he was elected a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Georges Stern". Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  2. ^ "French Jockey Passes". Ottawa Citizen. 29 October 1928. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  3. ^ Peter S. Horvitz (2007). The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and The 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  4. ^ "English Jockey a Thing of the Past". The Morning Leader. 26 June 1913. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  5. ^ "CAP and JACKET". Observer. 1 April 1905. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  6. ^ a b Bob Wechsler (2008). Day by day in Jewish sports history. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Lame Excuses Aren't Needed". The Glasgow Herald. 11 June 1980. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  8. ^ "The Winner of the Epsom Derby". The Toronto World. 4 June 1911. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  9. ^ "The Favorite Won". The Morning Leader. 2 June 1911. Retrieved 23 October 2011.