Late jockey Chris Antley who died of a drug overdose in 2000 at the young age of 34 years has been elected into Hall of Fame of National Museum of Racing. The other nominees to make it to the top list are trainer King Leatherbury and thoroughbreds Lava Man and Xtra Heat. All the four will be formally inducted into the institution in a ceremony scheduled on August 7. Chris Antley had an illustrious career as a jockey between 1983 and 2000 as he won 3480 horse races in all and his earnings amounted to $ 92,261,894 when he died. With his brave and dauntless spirit he managed to win 127 graded races along with Preakness Stakes on his horse Charismatic which helped him earn a ranking among top 10 jockeys in the nation a position he maintained from 1984 to 1987.
Chris Antley’s life as a jockey
Though Chris had fought frequented battles to combat drugs and alcohol abuse and his jockey career was also jeopardized several times due to these destructive habits he always managed to come through and win with flying colours in the racing field. In 1987, Chris Antley won nine races in a single year of which four were won at Aqueduct while five were at Meadowlands. He made a similar record in the year 1989 when he won continuously for 64 consecutive days which also gave him lead rank in Hall of Fame.
Details of others in the Hall of Fame
When trainer King T. Leatherbury retired at the age of 81 he had recorded 6449 wins which include 52 training titles that he had won in Maryland and along with four titles at Delaware Park. His career earnings amounted to $62,792,375 and he owns and trains Ben’s Cat which has won 22 stakes along with a princely sum of $2.3 million. Lava Man had an illustrious career as it won seven Grade 1 games which have not been accomplished by any other Californian horse. Kentucky bred Xtra Heat had a career record of 25 stake races of which 10 were graded racing events.