Jockey Hildebrandt, 93, Dies

Reports say Louis Hildebrandt may have been America's oldest stakes-winning rider.

Associated Press and Blood-Horse research

Louis Hildebrandt, believed to have been one of America's oldest living stakes-winning jockeys, has died in Amsterdam, N.Y. He was 93.

Hildebrandt died Nov. 25, his family said. Hildebrandt retired from racing in 1947 after a series of injuries, but not before winning top races like the Flamingo Stakes (1946) at Hialeah Park, the Monmouth Handicap (1947), and the Whitney Stakes (1949) aboard Round View.

Hildebrandt had more than 100 victories in his career for Sanford Stud Farms in New York. In 2003 he wrote an autobiography named “Riders Up” about his experience as a jockey riding from 1936 through 1947. He details his years working with the Sanford Stud Farms, working for Hall of Fame Trainer Hollie Hughes, and riding during World War II at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. The best horses he rode included Round View, who won 11 of 40 starts over six seasons and had $111,660 in career earnings, and Vintage Port, a stakes winner who started 70 times over seven years and finished in the money 36 times.

Hildebrandt's wife, Betty, died in 1995. He is survived by a son, Louis Jr., two daughters, Judith Ann Pond and Mary Pat Agresta, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements were not announced.