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Otto Wonderly
Canadian jockey

Otto Wonderly

Otto Wonderly
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Intro Canadian jockey
Was Equestrian Jockey
From United States of America
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 1878, Ontario, Canada
Death 2 April 1905 (aged 27 years)
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Otto Wonderly (c.1878 - April 2, 1905) was a Canadian Thoroughbred horse racing jockey from Ontario who competed in his native Canada and in the United States where he was killed in a racing accident.


Before embarking on a riding career, Otto Wonderly worked as a newsboy for the Grand Trunk Railway. He was riding at a track in Windsor, Ontario when some prominent Canadian horsemen recognized his natural talent and arranged for him to go to the United States. There, he was placed under contract by James Ben Ali Haggin, one of America's preeminent horsemen and owner of the renowned Elmendorf Farm in Lexington, Kentucky. Haggin paid Wonderly $15,000 for second call on his services for eight months. He would later ride for a Chicago based stable and as well would ride in the United States and Canada for leading Canadian owner, Joseph E. Seagram.

On July 25, 1901, Otto Wonderly won four races in a row on a six-race card at Fort Erie Racetrack. On June 14, 1902, at the Sheepshead Bay Race Track in Brooklyn, New York he won the most prestigious race in the United States for horses of all ages. For owners Fred C. McLewee and Diamond Jim Brady, Wonderly captured the famous Suburban Handicap aboard Gold Heels in race record time on an off track in front of more than 50,000 spectators.


Riding freelance in 1905, Otto Wonderly died in hospital on April 2 as a result of head injuries sustained in a racing accident at Montgomery Park Racetrack in Memphis, Tennessee.

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