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Jock Whitney

Jock Whitney (Polo and thoroughbred racing.  Born, Ellsworth, ME, Aug. 17, 1904; died, Manhasset, NY, Feb. 8, 1982.)  A polo star, successful racing stable owner, backer of plays and movies, newspaper publisher, savvy investor and radio station owner, John Hay Whitney was, it is safe to say, a man of many roles.  Son of Payne Whitney, […]

Ogden Phipps

Ogden Phipps (Racing.  Born, New York, NY, Nov. 26, 1908; died, West Palm Beach, FL, Apr. 22, 2002.)  Son of Henry Phipps, a partner of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, Ogden Phipps was one of New York’s most prominent horsemen for over half a century.  Phipps was a noted owner of thoroughbreds who also served as […]

Marshall Cassidy

Marshall Cassidy (Racing.  Born, Washington, DC, Feb. 21, 1892; died, Glen Cove, NY, Oct. 23, 1968.)  Generally credited with devising the modern stall-style starting gate, Marshall Cassidy also perfected the photo-finish camera system.  Previously, thoroughbreds began races from a more-or-less standing start at the starting line before Cassidy introduced his gate system in the 1940s.  […]

August Belmont, IV

August Belmont, IV (Dog show.  Born, New York, NY, Dec. 30, 1908; died, Easton, MD, July 10, 1995.)  August Belmont, IV, was accomplished with both canines and equines.  During his lengthy career in dog competition, Belmont ran many fine dogs in field trials, served as an executive of the American Kennel Club and the National Retriever […]

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