Charlie Givens

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Charlie, a Richardson Park native, became a prominent jockey after starting as an exercise boy at age 15. Charlie rode his first mount on July 16, 1941. An instant success, Givens developed into
one of the hottest apprentices in the country. The renowned trainer, Hirech Jacobs, was the first to use him and others soon followed. By September 15, 1943 Givens rode in 587 races, winning 101,
being in the money 182 times and rated the 18th top jockey in the United States. Charlie rode in both the Preakness and the Belmont aboard “Tide Rips,” losing the Belmont in a photo finish. He
rejoined Brandywine Stables in March of 1946 and 1947. At New Orleans, dubbed “Feature Race Givens” by fans after winning five in one week, Charlie scored a triple at Jamaica in 1943 with
nonfavorites. He won the Soldiers and Sailors Handicap with a Vanderbilt horse. He also won the Remsen Handicap at Jamaica with long shot “Big IF”. Jockey Givens’ lifetime race came to the finish
line on July 16, 1970.



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