Dickie Jenkins and the legendary racehorse Kelso

A memoir written by Kelso’s exercise rider and longtime assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Carl Hanford. The memoir covers Jenkins early years in the racing business and Kelso’s career up until the 1962 Woodward Stakes. Sadly, Mr. Jenkins passed away before finishing his memoir. 

Table of Contents

Prologue by Anne Pfister
Introduction by Kevin Martin

The Road to Kelso

Chapter 1: An orphan finds a home at the racetrack
Chapter 2: Inspired by Citation and learning to ride
Chapter 3: Mrs. Allaire du Pont and meeting (and nearly losing) Kelso

1960: Three-year-old 

Chapter 4: Carl Hanford and Kelso’s 3-year-old debut
Chapter 5: Kelso and Dickie become a team; a record for one mile
Chapter 6: Kelso’s stakes debut in Chicago
Chapter 7: Kelso and the Choice Stakes at Monmouth Park
Chapter 8: Kelso ships to Belmont and Eddie Arcaro agrees to ride
Chapter 9: Kelso and the Jerome Stakes at Aqueduct
Chapter 10: Kelso and the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct
Chapter 11: Kelso matches Man o’ War in the Lawrence Realization at Belmont
Chapter 12: Kelso ships to Chicago for the Hawthorne Gold Cup
Chapter 13: Kelso’s first Jockey Club Gold Cup
Chapter 14: Kelso’s lost trip to California

1961: Four-year-old

Chapter 15: Kelso winters in South Carolina prior to his 4-year-old season
Chapter 16: Kelso ships north for his 1961 campaign
Chapter 17: Kelso’s 4-year-old debut
Chapter 18: Kelso and the Met Mile
Chapter 19: Eddie Arcaro on Kelso’s Met Mile and preparations for the Whitney
Chapter 20: Kelso and the Whitney Stakes
Chapter 21: Kelso wins the Suburban
Chapter 22: Kelso completes the New York Handicap Triple Crown in the Brooklyn Handicap
Chapter 23: Kelso beaten in the Washington Park Handicap
Chapter 24: Kelso bounces back win the Woodward in New York
Chapter 25: Mrs. du Pont’s aversion to blinkers
Chapter 26: Kelso wins his second Jockey Club Gold Cup
Chapter 27: Kelso arrives at Laurel Park for the D.C. International at Laurel Park
Chapter 28: Kelso runs a tough second in the D.C. International
Chapter 29: Back to the farm and a walk in the woods with Mrs. du Pont

1962: Five-year-old

Chapter 30: Winter in Aiken, South Carolina
Chapter 31: Back to New York; replacing the retired Eddie Arcaro
Chapter 32: Kelso debuts as a 5-year-old in the Met Mile with Willie Shoemaker
Chapter 33: Kelso and the Suburban Handicap
Chapter 34: Shoemaker’s last ride on Kelso
Chapter 35: Milo Valenzuela jumps in the saddle for Kelso
Chapter 36: Kelso goes to Saratoga
Chapter 37: Kelso returns to New Jersey
Chapter 38: Kelso back to Belmont
Chapter 39: Preparing Kelso for the Woodward Stakes
Chapter 40: Kelso wins his second Woodward Stakes

Epilogue by Kevin Martin