Sam Boulmetis Sr., Hall of Fame New Jersey rider, dies at 94

The Hall of Fame jockey Sam Boulmetis Sr. has died

RED BANK, N.J. — Sam Boulmetis Sr., a Hall of Famer who rode for nearly 20 years and won most of his four jockey titles at Monmouth Park in the 1950s, has died. He was 94.

He died Sunday at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, his family said.

Tosmah was probably his best mount. The filly defeated top males in the 1964 Arlington Classic Stakes, when the race was a key event for 3-year-olds in North America.

Boulmetis was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in 1973. After he stopped riding, he became a racing official and steward in New Jersey.

Son Sam Jr. became a jockey, riding from 1973-81 until he was paralyzed in a racing accident at Laurel Park. The younger Boulmetis worked as a steward at Parx Racing before retiring.

Jimmy Boulmetis, another son, would become a multiple stakes-winning trainer, based in the Mid-Atlantic region. Daughter Kim Boulmetis owns and breeds horses.

Boulmetis, of Rumson, New Jersey, is also survived by his wife, Lillian; daughters Susan Hino and Janie Walford; and sister Margie Black, whose son, Tony, is a former jockey.

A memorial service is scheduled for Friday at John E. Day Funeral Home in Red Bank.

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