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Roscoe Goose
A descendant of one of Jeffersontown's pioneer families, Roscoe Goose rode to fame on Donerail in the May 10, 1913 Kentucky Derby; his win paid 91 to one odds, the longest in the race's history. Roscoe's brother, Carl Ganz (an original spelling of the Goose family name), won the Oaks May 24th of the same year on a horse named Cream.

 Roscoe Goose  Goose and Donerail

Carl died in a track accident in 1915, prompting Roscoe to advocate the wearing of helmets by all jockeys, and to have helmets become part of their required racing gear. Roscoe devoted the rest of his life to the training and care of young jockeys, and was one of the inaugural class of inductees into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Roscoe became a millionaire, but never forgot his roots or the poverty he experienced as a youth. He kept company with the rich and famous, such as James Graham Brown, but always took the opportunity to help those who were experiencing difficulties. The National Turfwriter's Association pronounced him "a thorough gentleman and example of all that's best in racing."

 Goose and Brown  Goose and Donerail Painting

10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547
10416 Watterson Trail   |   Jeffersontown, KY 40299   |   Ph: (502) 267-8333   |   Fx: (502) 267-0547