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Thomas Hitchcock, Sr.

Thomas Hitchcock, Sr. (Horse racing.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 12, 1860; died, Old Westbury, LI, Sept. 29, 1941.)  Father of America’s most famous polo star, Thomas Hitchcock, Sr., was himself a leading polo player, horse trainer, and steeplechase owner.  He was a member of the first U.S. international polo team, which lost to Great […]

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole (Horse racing.  Born, New York, NY, July 11, 1876; died, New York, NY, Feb. 23, 1965.)  Though not a noted owner or breeder, Ashley T. Cole had a profound effect on New York thoroughbred racing.  When Cole was appointed to the Racing Commission by Gov. Herbert Lehman in May 1942, the appointment was […]

Fred Capossela

Fred Capossela (Public address.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, Aug. 13, 1902; died, Upland, CA, Apr. 3, 1991.)  Fred Capossela was a classic example of what can happen to a young man who hangs around the racetracks.  In his case, he became part of the legend of New York sports.  Capossela, or “Cappy” as he was fondly known […]

August Belmont

August Belmont (Horse racing.  Born, Alzey, Prussia, Dec. 8, 1813; died, New York, NY, Nov. 24, 1890.)  From its opening in 1837, the private bank of August Belmont was a mainstay of the New York financial community.  Belmont also became the most important arbiter of manners and style in the City’s emerging social class.  But […]

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