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BELMONT STAKESNichols, the Hidden Star
[NASSAU AND SUFFOLK Edition]
Newsday - Long Island, N.Y.
Author: By Paul Moran
Date: Jun 7, 1988
Start Page: 133
Section: SPORTS
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Although he was a respected rider, wide notoriety eluded [Jimmy Nichols], the jockey. He never led the nation in the glamor categories; never rode the winner of a Triple Crown race. He was a scarred veteran before ever winning a $100,000 stakes. But Nichols, the "Cowboy," was known everywhere as a horseman as much as a jockey - perhaps more than a jockey.

It was Nichols, on [Louie Roussel III]'s behalf, who traveled to Miami last year in order to inspect - and ride - some 20 2-year-olds due to be sold at an auction at Calder Race Course. Among the four he recommended that Roussel bid on was the unnamed son of Secretariat who later would be named Risen Star. It cost Roussel and his partner, Ronnie Lamarque, $300,000 to take Nichols' advice.

Newsday Photo by Dan Neville-1) Jimmy Nichols, Risen Star's exercise rider, gets his tack ready, above, 2) and observes the colt. 3) Newsday photo by Dan Neville-Cowboy Jimmy Nichols gallops Risen Star at Belmont Park 3) Newsday Photo by Dan Neville-Although he was a respected rider, wide notoriety eluded Jimmy Nichols, the jockey. He never led the nation in the glamour categories; never rode the winner of a Triple Crown race. He was a scarred veteran before ever winning a $100,000 stakes. But Nichols, the `Cowboy,' was known everywhere as a horseman.

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