James Dreyer, who has dedicated his life to horseracing, will be inducted in the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame in June.
Dreyer was a very successful jockey from 1959 to 1977, then worked in the Los Alamitos racing office for 22 years and has been a steward at Los Alamitos for the past 10 years. He has also worked as the steward at Rillito Park and on the California fair circuit.
He joins owner/breeder Jerry Windham and trainer Russell Harris in the 2015 class of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame. The horse will be announced in the near future. One owner/breeder, trainer, jockey and horse are inducted into the Hall of Fame each year.
Dreyer scored major stakes wins at both Ruidoso Downs and Los Alamitos.
He won the first Rainbow Futurity in 1964 aboard Clarence Scharbauer’s Double Queen. Ten years later, Dreyer rode Double Queen’s daughter Vim And Vigor, also owned by Scharbauer, to a second-place finish in the Rainbow Futurity. They finished just a nose behind Tiny’s Gay.
Two weeks after the 1974 Rainbow Futurity, Dreyer was back at his home base, Los Alamitos Race Course, and setting history. He was the regular jockey for the great race mare Charger Bar, who was campaigned by Dr. Ed Allred and Kenneth Wright. That night, Charger Bar won her 12th straight stakes race and the Los Alamitos Championship for the second time. It turned out to be her 21st and final stakes win. She also won the Los Alamitos Championship in 1971. Charger Bar’s other stakes wins with Dreyer up include the Go Man Go Invitational Handicap (twice), Champion of Champions, Los Alamitos Derby, Miss Princess Handicap and the first Vessels Maturity. She earned nine world and divisional championships from 1971 to 1974.
“She (Charger Bar) was the fastest thing that I ever sat on,” said Dreyer. “I think she’s in the top-five quarter horses I’ve seen run.”
Scharbauer, Charger Bar and Allred are members of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.
At Los Alamitos, Dreyer also rode Go Josie Go to wins in the Los Alamitos Championship (twice) and the Los Alamitos Derby, and Go Dreussa Go to victory in the Go Man Go.
At Ruidoso Downs, Dreyer also won the Kansas Futurity on Ruby Charge and the Kansas Derby aboard Easy Six. He was third in the 1961 All American Futurity on Golden Note, defeated by Pokey Bar and Bunny’s Bar Maid. Dreyer then rode Golden Note to victory in the Pomona Futurity, now the Ed Burke Million Futurity at Los Alamitos.
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