RED BANK, N.J. (AP) — Sam Boulmetis Sr., a Hall of Famer who rode for nearly 20 years and won most of his four jockey titles at Monmouth Park in the 1950s, has died. He was 94.
He died Sunday at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, his family said.
Boulmetis won 2,783 races and his mounts earned $15.4 million in purses. The earnings ranked in the top 10 all-time for riders when he retired in 1966. He started riding in Florida in 1948 and his first win came at Garden State Park in New Jersey. His Monmouth Park titles came in 1949, ‘53, ’55 and ’56.
Tosmah was probably his best mount. The filly defeated top males in the 1964 Arlington Classic Stakes, when the race was a key event for 3-year-olds in North America.