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Eddie Arcaro

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Eddie Arcaro (February 19, 1916 - November 4, 1997) was an American thoroughbred horse-racing jockey.

He was born George Edward Arcaro in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of an impoverished taxi driver. He became the only jockey to win two Triple Crowns in Thoroughbred Racing, in 1941 on Whirlaway and again in 1948 on Citation.

Nicknamed "Banana Nose" by his confreres, Arcaro won the Kentucky Derby three additional times, and the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes six additional times. He also won the Wood Memorial Stakes nine times, more than double the number of runner-up, Angel Cordero, Jr.. In 1953 he won the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. In 1958 Eddie Arcaro was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Arcaro retired in 1962 because of severe Bursitis in his arm. He ended his career having competed in 24,092 races, winning 4,779. For a time he worked as a television commentator on racing and then as a public relations officer for the Golden Nugget Casinos in Las Vegas until retiring to a home in Miami, Florida.

Eddie Arcaro died in 1997. Cremated, his ashes were interred in the columbariam at Miami's Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery.



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