The Jockey Is A Peacock In The World Of Sport

He wears his crazy quilt of colors more for identification than for decoration. Whether he is coming or going, racing fans have no doubt which one of the 2,525 registered stables he represents
August 29, 1954

All the color of thoroughbred racing is caught ii in the silks that surround jockeys Al Widman and Robert DeStefano (right) on a paddock bench at Saratoga. Few of the racing colors shown here are more than a generation old, but many are rich in turf tradition. The polka dots (top row) of Belair Stud were carried by three Kentucky Derby winners—Gallant Fox, Omaha and Johnstown. The King Ranch running W brand appeared on two others: Assault and Middle-ground. Widman wears Mrs. Russell A. Firestone's white and green; DeStefano, the famous blue sashes of Brookmeade Farm.

Many racing silks reflect their owners' eccentricities. Mrs. Isabel Dodge Sloan chose blue for the cross sashes of Brookmeade Farm, always wears a bit of blue herself. Angelina Prima's silks bear the trumpet of her band-leader son Louis.

PHOTORICHARD MEEKSCOTT RILES, wearing the colors of F. Ambrose Clark, takes a drink from water pump at Saratoga. PHOTORICHARD MEEKRACING COLORS on fence belong to: (from top left) David Shaer, Belair Stud, Mrs. Ethel Jacobs, E. W. Ferguson, George D. Widener, Isidore Bieber, Valley Farm, E. K. Bryson, Robert Green; (bottom) King Ranch, C. V. Whitney, Mrs. Eugene Dixon Jr., George Bostwick, A. G. Vanderbilt, Greentree Stable, Mrs. Angelina Prima.
PHOTORICHARD MEEKBENNY GREEN wears checkerboard silks of Mrs. E. Barry Ryan's stable. Black and yellow checks were famous when raced by Checker Cab Co. owner John D. Hertz. PHOTORICHARD MEEKTED ATKINSON, in Brookmeade Farm colors, talks with paddock judge Walter Mara near door of jockey room at Saratoga. Sash stripes must be four inches wide. PHOTORICHARD MEEKAL SCHMIDL, wearing the bold stars and heavy B of the Joseph W. Browrn stable, scans form charts in the Morning Telegraph between races at Saratoga. PHOTORICHARD MEEKDAVE GORMAN, in tricolored silks of Edmond P. Bixer, takes post position number, which he will wear on right arm. Bixer's barns and tack boxes match silks.