John "Red" M. Pollard (October 27, 1909 – March 7, 1981) was a Canadian thoroughbred horse racing jockey.
Red Pollard was the grandson of immigrant Michael Pollard, who came from Ireland in 1850. He had also been blinded in his right eye early in his career, by a stray rock kicked up by another horse during a training ride on a crowded track; it hit his skull and damaged the vision center of his brain. At that time, few jockeys actually wore helmets to prevent just such accidents
Pollard rode at racetracks in the United States and is best known for riding Seabiscuit (a small horse).
|Seabiscuit and Red Pollard|