George W. Jennings
Childhood and Career Beginnings
George W. Jennings was born in Sumter, South Carolina in 1860 to parents Jack and Amanda Jennings. He had three siblings: Thomas, Andrew, and Glen.1 At age fourteen, Jennings began working as an exercise rider in the stables of W. Wyche.2
Career as a Jockey
Jennings worked for Wyche for a total of five years, first as an exercise boy and then as a jockey during the last two years of his employment. During his time with Wyche, Jennings rode the horses Mary Long and Hatteras, among others. In 1879, Jennings moved on to the stables of L. A. Hitchcock where he stayed for four years. At Hitchcock’s stables, Jennings rode the horses Galway, Busy Bee, and Limestone.3
Career as a Trainer
Jennings ended his career as a jockey due to strict weight limits but did not leave the racing industry. He worked as an assistant trainer for Henry Winters for three years, and then William C. Daly for two years. Working for Daly, Jennings was responsible for approximately eighty wins.4
Career as an Owner
In 1888, Jennings started his own stable. Not only did he own the horses outright, but he also trained them himself. In just two years, Jennings won at least fifty races. He was still a successful stable owner by 1898. Researchers have not yet found sources that detail Jennings’ life after 1898.5
Additional Research Provided By
Yvonne Giles, Research Consultant
“1870 United States Federal Census.” Census. Union County, South Carolina, 1870.
Weeks, Lyman Horace. The American Turf: An Historical Account of Racing in the United States, with Biographical Sketches of Turf Celebrities. 1898. New York: The Historical Company, 1898.
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