Lamplighter with Simms up

Title

Lamplighter with Simms up

Subject

Photograph of horse sports

Description

This photograph, taken in the 1890s, features the Thoroughbred Lamplighter with jockey Willie Simms up.

Lamplighter was the American Co-Champion Older Male Horse in 1893. He was owned by horseman and co-owner of the Monmouth Park Racetrack, Pierre Lorillard IV.

Lamplighter is often associated with his rival and 1892 U.S. Horse of the Year, Tammany. The two met at a match race in 1893 in which Tammany bested Lamplighter by four lengths.

The Lamplighter Stakes, held annually during the last week of May at Oceanport, New Jersey’s Monmouth Park Racetrack, was named in honor of the East Coast favorite, Lamplighter.

Willie Simms was born in 1870 and began his riding career at East Coast tracks at the age of 17. He was sought after by prominent owners of his era, including Pierre Lorillard, John E. Madden, Mike and Phil Dwyer, and James R. Keene. He claimed Belmont Stakes victories in 1893 (aboard Commanche) and 1894 (aboard Henry of Navarre); Kentucky Derby wins in 1896 (aboard Ben Brush) and 1898 (aboard Plaudit); and he remains the only African-American to have claimed a Preakness Stakes victory (aboard Sly Fox in 1898).

Simms was the country’s top jockey by wins in 1894. He was inducted in the U.S. Racing Hall of Fame in 1977.

Creator

John C. Hemment

Date

1890s

Rights

This digital resource may be freely searched and displayed. Permission must be received for subsequent distribution in print or electronically. Physical rights are retained by the Keeneland Library. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Format

black and white photograph

Type

still image

Original Format

print photograph

Files

Hemment v.1 p.23 - Willie Simms Jockey on Lamplighter.jpg

Citation

John C. Hemment, “Lamplighter with Simms up,” The Keeneland Library, accessed June 24, 2018, http://keenelandlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/385.

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