Six-time leading rider to be honored on Saturday, September 29
FARMINGTON, N.Y. – Finger Lakes Hall-of-Fame jockey Leslie Hulet passed away on September 21, 2018. The 6-time leading rider was 69.
Hulet began his Finger Lakes career in 1972. He was the top rider at the Western New York track in 1977 with 158 wins. He won the title again in 1979 with 160 wins, and in 1980 with 149 wins. He also teamed up with fellow Hall-of-Famer, Fio Rito, capturing the Grade I Whitney Handicap at Saratoga in 1981.
On August 20, 1999 Les Hulet became the first Finger Lakes jockey to reach the significant mark of 3,800 victories. He achieved the milestone aboard Instinctive Pro. He had the distinction of being the all-time-leading Finger Lakes jockey until 2017 when John Davila, Jr. surpassed the mark.
Hulet completed his career in 1999 with a total of 3,818 victories. He was immediately inducted into the Finger Lakes Hall-of-Fame. He was also included to the Frontier Field Walk of Fame in 2000.
There will be a special memorial race and moment of silence in memory of Hulet at Finger Lakes on Saturday, September 29.
A funeral service for Les Hulet will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 12:00 p.m. in Paragonah, Utah. The service will be preceded by a viewing from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Internment will be in the Paragonah Cemetery immediately following the funeral. Flowers and gifts may be sent to 19 South Main Street #192, Paragonah, Utah, 84760.|
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