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Manuel Ycaza

Manuel Ycaza (Horse racing.  Born, Panama City, Panama, Feb. 1, 1938.)  Coming to New York at age 16 in 1954, C. Manuel Ycaza was destined to become one of the best thoroughbred riders of his generation.  He was also one of the first of the great Panamanian jockeys to become successful in New York.  Ycaza […]

Harry Payne Whitney

Harry Payne Whitney (Polo, horse racing.  Born, New York, NY, Apr. 29, 1872; died, New York, NY, Oct. 26, 1930.)  A major sporting figure for the first three decades of the 20th century, Harry Payne Whitney had extensive influence in polo and thoroughbred racing.  Following his graduation from Yale (1894), Whitney was drawn to many […]

Ron Turcotte

Ron Turcotte (Horse racing.  Born: Grand Falls, New Brunswick, July 22, 1941.)  A brilliant 18-year career as one of the finest jockeys in New York history was not dimmed in its luster by the tragic accident that ended the riding career of Ron Turcotte.  During the mid-1970s especially, Turcotte was at the top of his game, […]

Jacob Ruppert

Jacob Ruppert (Executive.  Born, New York, NY, Aug. 5, 1867; died, New York, NY, Jan. 13, 1939.)  Col. Jacob Ruppert was a sportsman of many parts, maintaining a racing stable and a dog kennel, but gained his fame for being the man whose money and vision built the Yankees into the dominant force in New […]

Herbert Bayard Swope

Herbert Bayard Swope (Horse racing.  Born, St. Louis, MO, Jan. 5, 1882; died, New York, NY, June 20, 1958.)  Perhaps the most famous New York newspaperman of his time, Herbert Bayard Swope was a horse racing buff.  Swope was executive editor of The World, created the first “op-ed” page, won the first Pulitzer Prize for reporting […]

Harry Sinclair

Harry Sinclair (Baseball, horse racing.  Born, Wheeling, WV, July 6, 1876; died, Flintridge, CA, Nov. 10, 1956.)  A major figure in the modern history of the American petroleum industry, Harry Ford Sinclair was also active in both baseball and horse racing.  After several successful ventures in Oklahoma and the Midwest, Sinclair established Sinclair Oil and Refining […]

Willie Shoemaker

Willie Shoemaker (Horse racing.  Born, Fabens, TX, Aug. 19, 1931; died, San Marino, CA, Oct. 12, 2003.)  William Lee Shoemaker was far and away the world’s winningest horseracing jockey and, in fact, rode for nearly 20 years after he broke the record for wins.  Shoemaker surpassed the former world record holder, Johnny Longden (6,032) in 1970, […]

Earl Sande

Earl Sande (Horse racing.  Born, Groton, SD, Nov. 13, 1898; died, Jacksonville, OR, Aug. 19, 1968.)  During the 1920s, the so-called “Golden Age of American Sports,” each major sport had its leading hero.  Babe Ruth (baseball), Jack Dempsey (boxing), Bill Tilden (tennis), Bobby Jones (golf), and Red Grange (football) were among the most famous.  But none […]

Robert F. Kelley

Robert F. Kelley (Sportswriter.  Born, Narragansett Pier, RI, Sept. 15, 1900; died, Huntington, NY, Dec. 14, 1975.)  Emerging as a man for many seasons, Robert Fulton Paul Anthony Kelley began his career at the New York Evening Post in 1920.  Kelley covered horse racing, a little baseball, polo, yachting, and even the occasional football game.  […]

Hirsch Jacobs

Hirsch Jacobs (Horse racing.  Born, New York, Apr. 8, 1904; died, Miami Beach, FL, Feb. 13, 1970.)  Racing was distinctly part of Hirsch Jacobs’ nature.  From the earliest days of his childhood, he was fascinated by the concept of racing.  Jacobs became one of the leading trainers in American racing.  He saddled his first winner in […]

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