Laverne Fator was the most successful of three brothers, Mark and Elmer, to become professional jockeys and was the United States’ top jockey in 1925 and 1926. Fator first win was in 1918 in Havana, Cuba garnering him attention from Rancocas Stables, the top stable in American during the 1920s. Laverne was the United States Champion Jockey by earnings in 1925 and 1926, capturing the 1925 Empire City Handicap, 1925 and 1926 Belmont Futurity Stakes, 1925 and 1926 Gazelle Handicaps and the 1925 and 1926 Carter Handicaps during that span. In 1932, Laverne was given his choice of mounts for the Kentucky Derby by owner Edward R. Bradley, choosing Brother Joe over Burgoo King. Burgoo King won. His best finishes in Triple Crown events were fifth in the 1926 Kentucky Derby on Pompey and third place in the 1923 Preakness Stakes aboard Mad Play. Fator died tragically when he fell from a window at a Jamaica (N.Y.) Hospital as he awaited surgery. Laverne Fator amassed 1,075 wins on his career 4,948 mounts. He was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1955.