Kenneth Church

Kenneth Church
BornMarch 24, 1930
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Career wins2,000+
Major racing wins
Breeders' Futurity (1949)
Ben Ali Handicap (1950)
Hanshin Cup Handicap (1950, 1961)
Everglades Stakes (1950)
Flamingo Stakes (1950)
Stars and Stripes Handicap (1950)
Washington Park Handicap (1950)
Arlington-Washington Lassie Stakes (1951)
New Orleans Handicap (1951, 1952, 1955)
Phoenix Handicap (1951, 1964)
Clark Handicap (1952)
New Orleans Handicap (1952)
Gulfstream Park Handicap (1953)
Palm Beach Handicap (1953)
Spinster Stakes (1957, 1958)
Fayette Handicap (1959, 1963)
Canadian Championship Stakes (1960)
Del Mar Oaks (1963)
Del Mar Handicap (1963, 1964)
Santa Ynez Stakes (1963)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (1964)
San Juan Capistrano Handicap (1964)
San Marcos Handicap (1964)
Santa Margarita Handicap (1964, 1965)
Santa Maria Handicap (1964)
Bing Crosby Handicap (1965)
Californian Stakes (1965)
Carter Handicap (1965)
Del Mar Futurity (1965)
Malibu Stakes (1965)
Ramona Handicap (1965)
Racing awards
Leading jockey at Arlington Park (1950)
Leading jockey at Washington Park (1953)
Windsor / Essex County Sports Hall of Fame (1997)
Significant horses
Oil Capitol, Crafty Admiral,
Mr. Consistency, Native Diver


Kenneth Chapel (given birth to March 24, 1930 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada) is a retired jockey in Thoroughbred equine racing.


In his early teens, Church began driving ponies and in 1946 got employment as a fitness rider at Old Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, Ontario. The next 12 months, he was provided an opportunity to apprentice for long term U.S. Race Hall of Popularity trainer Harry Trotsek who was simply more popular for his vision for riding skill and who also created Hall of Popularity jockeys, Johnny Retailers and John Rotz. Kenneth Chapel began contending in beginner races for jockeys which Trotsek experienced arranged at Detroit Good Grounds Racetrack. On July 12, 1947, he gained the first competition of the twenty-year career that could see him earn a lot more than 2,000 races from 14,000 mounts.

Riding career

During his job, Church rode at various monitors throughout the USA and was nicknamed "The Prince" by his fellow jockeys due to his blonde wavy hair and visual appearance. In Chicago, he gained riding game titles at Arlington Recreation area and Washington Recreation area Race Monitor and twelve months had more mixed wins in the Florida race circuit than every other jockey. On June 10, 1952 he gained five races within a row about the same racecard on the Lincoln Areas plan at Washington Recreation area. Of his four mounts in the Kentucky Derby, Kenneth Church's greatest result was a fifth-place surface finish in 1950 aboard Essential oil Capitol. Among his main race wins, Cathedral gained a top Florida event in 1953, recording the Gulfstream Recreation area Handicap aboard Crafty Admiral using what the LA Times referred to as a "masterful trip." In 1960 he gained the Canadian Tournament Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack. In 1963, he relocated to California where he produced his permanent house and in 1964, gained the richest & most important competition in California, the Santa Anita Handicap aboard Mr. Persistence.

Heroism at Arlington

On July 5, 1950, at Chicago's Arlington Recreation area, Kenneth Chapel was the hero of the incident the Chicago Daily Tribune called, "Probably one of the most unselfish and gallant acts found in every the lore from the turf." Through the third competition of your day, jockey Wendell Eads dropped his stirrup and dangled perilously from his equine. Seeing the risk, Church billed up from behind as soon as alongside reached over along with his remaining arm and raised Eads back again onto his equine. At the final of the competition, fans offered him a standing up ovation. Inside a wedding ceremony three days later on at the monitor, for his heroism Kenneth Chapel received a platinum view from America's preeminent horseman, Warren Wright of Calumet Plantation, plus a unique commendation from your Condition of Illinois.


Pursuing his retirement from driving by the end of May, 1967, Kenneth Church continued to be on the market and worked for quite some time in the publicity department at Del Mar Racetrack in Del Mar, California.In 1997, Kenneth Church was inducted in the town of Windsor, Ontario / Essex County, Ontario Sports activities Hall of Popularity.