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Samples, John

(born: 1858  -  died: 1912) 

John Samples was born in Kentucky, and was a competing jockey. He rode the horse Wanderer for Rice and McCormack. He rode Longfellow for John Harper. He won the Mammoth Cup at Long Branch in 1871 aboard Longfellow. Samples also rode the horse Ten Broeck. He gave up being a jockey due to his weight and became a police officer in Cincinnati, OH. He was an officer for 23 years. John and Kate Samples are listed in the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, the couple lived on Willow Street. For more see John Samples death notice in the Daily Racing Form, 06/06/1912, p.1; and "Are now few Negro jockeys," The Milford Mail, 08/31/1905, p.3.

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NKAA Source: Daily racing form (serial)
NKAA Source: The Milford mail (newspaper)

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