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Simms, Willielocked

(16 January 1870–26 February 1927)
  • Steven P. Savage

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Simms, Willie (16 January 1870–26 February 1927), jockey and trainer, was born William Simms in Augusta, Georgia, the son of former slaves. Enticed by racing silks as a boy, he ran away from home to become a jockey. He worked for C. H. Pettingill’s stable in New York for two years, until trainer Con Leighton “discovered” him riding in Clifton, New Jersey, in 1887–1888....

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