Jockey Athlete - Inducted 1989
Donald MacBeth won 2,764 races on 22,435 mounts during his 19 years as one of North America's leading jockeys. He became only the 12th jockey in history to exceed $40 million in career purse earnings, reaching the elusive goal in 1985. A highlight of his racing career happened that same year when he rode Chief's Crown to a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. A short time later, he and Chief's Crown finished in the second spot at the Preakness. He was among the top ten jockeys for a decade from 1975 to 1985.
Donald MacBeth was the recipient of many awards including the George Woolf Memorial Award and the Avelino Gomez Memorial Award. In 1988, he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.