John Ruane

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John Ruane
Occupation Jockey
Born October 4, 1936
Died September 3, 2006
Career wins 1,800+
Major racing wins
Firenze Handicap (1957, 1958, 1964)
Hialeah Turf Cup Handicap (1958)
Test Stakes (1958, 1966)
Brooklyn Handicap (1958)
Prioress Stakes (1958)
Whitney Handicap (1958)
Remsen Stakes (1958)
Sanford Stakes (1959)
Man O' War Stakes (1960)
Stymie Handicap (1961)
Bed O' Roses Handicap (1965)
Diana Handicap (1965)
Long Island Handicap (1957)
Demoiselle Stakes (1969)
Haskell Invitational (1970)
Toboggan Handicap (1970)
Vosburgh Stakes (1971)
Metropolitan Handicap (1971)
Knickerbocker Handicap (1971, 1980)
Comely Stakes (1972, 1976)
Delaware Handicap (1965)
Bryn Mawr Stakes (1981)
Sysonby Hcp (1958)
John B. Campbell Handicap (1973)
Jersey Belle Stakes (1965)
Kelly-Olympic Stakes (1983)
Ladies Handicap (1964)
Longfellow Handicap (1981)
Massachusetts Handicap (1979)
Minuteman Handicap (1972)
John Morris Handicap (1957, 1958, 1964)
New Hope Stakes (1984)
Niagara Handicap (1961)
Paumonok Handicap (1972)
Poinciana Handicap (1976)
Riggs Handicap (1984)
Suburban Handicap (1971)
Tom Fool Stakes (1975)
Whitemarsh Handicap (1983)
Rushing Man Stakes (1986)
Myles Standish Handicap (1958)
Significant horses
Cohoes, Tunex, Duck Dance, Steeple Jill, Twice Worthy

John V. Ruane (October 4, 1936 – September 3, 2006) was an American jockey in Thoroughbred horse racing.

Ruane began his career in 1957, competing on the New York State racing circuit where he rode for noted U.S. Racing Hall of Fame horse trainers such as John M. Gaver, Sr. and H. Allen Jerkens. He retired after forty-two years having ridden winners of a number of important Graded stakes races.

John Ruane was living at Ocean City, New Jersey at the time of his death from pulmonary complications in 2006.


John Ruane was honored by his peers to the wall of fame at Belmont Park on the day of his retirement. An honor bestowed on only 18 jockeys who have ridden at the park known as the meca of racing.