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C.V. Whitney

C.V. Whitney (Racing.  Born, Roslyn, NY, Feb. 12, 1899; died, Saratoga Springs, NY, Dec. 13, 1992.)  Gifted with both wealth and a heritage nearly unique among Americans, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney became a major force in thoroughbred racing.  Whitney was the son of Harry Payne Whitney, the polo star and oil and tobacco heir, and Gertrude […]

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 […]

Amado Credidio

Amado Credidio (Racing.  Born, Panama City, Canal Zone, Oct. 7, 1957; died, Howard Beach, NY, Mar. 29, 1982.)  Thrown by his mount, Spartan Monk, in the ninth race at Aqueduct, Amado Credidio, Jr., died of his injuries.  Credidio was at the time the 113th jockey killed in an on-track accident at a U.S. racetrack since […]

Steve Cauthen

Steve Cauthen (Racing.  Born, Covington, KY, May 1, 1960.)  As the sensation of the 1977 thoroughbred year, Steve Cauthen set jockey riding records.  That year, as an apprentice, Cauthen led the nation by riding 487 winners worth $6,151,750.  His winning rides were the fourth-highest ever and the earnings set a record.  Of Cauthen’s wins, 433 […]

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.  […]

Steve Brooks

Steve Brooks (Racing.  Born, McCook, NE, Aug. 12, 1921; died, Louisville, KY, Sept. 23, 1979.)  While he never rode a winner in the Belmont Stakes, Steve Brooks was a highly regarded jockey.  Brooks won 4,451 races and purses worth $18,239,817 in a 34-year career that ended with his retirement in 1975.  His best mount was Ponder, […]

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