Garrison finish

noun
Gar·​ri·​son finish | \ ˈger-ə-sən- How to pronounce Garrison finish (audio) , ˈga-rə- \

Definition of Garrison finish

: a finish in which the winner comes from behind at the end

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Edward "Snapper" Garrison was a 19th-century American jockey known for his spectacular come-from-behind wins. During his 16-year riding career, he won nearly 700 races. By the time he rode Montana to a smash finish in the Suburban handicap in 1892 and rode Tammany to a breathtaking finish at New Jersey's Guttenberg track in 1893, his riding style had so captured the attention of the public that people had begun using the term "Garrison finish" for any victory in which the winner comes from behind. Garrison, who died in 1930 at age 62, was inducted into the National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame in 1955, the first year of inductions.

First Known Use of Garrison finish

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Garrison finish

Edward H. "Snapper" Garrison, †1930 American jockey

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“Garrison finish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Garrison%20finish. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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