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Stoval, John

(born: 1864  -  died: 1900) 

John Stoval was a winning jockey born in Louisville, KY. He rode six times in the Kentucky Derby, his two best rides resulting in 3rd place finishes riding Ten Booker in 1885 and Jacob in 1887.

Earlier in his career, Stoval had been a jockey for Milton Young of Louisville. He also rode for Robert Pate, Amos Campbell, and J. L. Harris. His riding skills gained him some of the largest retainers paid to a jockey until he was ruled off the track after being accused of fraud in a race.

Stoval died of heart disease at the Gravesend Racetrack in New York where he was employed as an exercise rider. For more see "Ex-jockey Stoval Dead," The New York Times, 9/14/1900, p. 18.

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