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Tag Archives: Thoroughbred racing

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, […]

Willie Ratner

Willie Ratner (Sportswriter.  Born, Newark, NJ, June 3, 1895; died, Newark, NJ, Apr. 3, 1980.)  For longevity at a single newspaper, the career of Willie Ratner may be unique.  Ratner joined the Newark Evening News as a copy boy in 1912 and remained with the paper until it closed Aug. 31, 1972.  He became a […]

Max Hirsch

Max Hirsch (Thoroughbred racing.  Born, Fredericksburg, TX, July 30, 1880; died, New Hyde Park, NY, Apr. 3, 1969.)  Maximillion Hirsch turned in one of the longest careers as a trainer in the history of New York thoroughbred racing, a span of over 60 years from 1908 until he retired due to ill health in 1968.  […]

Clem McCarthy

Clem McCarthy (Public address. Born, East Bloomfield, NY, Sept. 9, 1882; died, New York, NY, June 4, 1962.) From his beginning as a public address announcer, Charles F. McCarthy became perhaps the most celebrated radio broadcaster in the history of thoroughbred racing. As the son of a horse dealer who grew too big to be […]

Chris McCarron

Chris McCarron (Racing. Born, Dorchester, MA, Mar. 27, 1955.) After beginning his career in the East, Christopher McCarron based himself in California in 1978, but continued to come East for major races. McCarron was racing’s career purse earnings leader, reaching $100 million in 1988 at age 33 (the youngest to reach that figure). He was […]

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 […]

Eric Guerin

Eric Guerin (Horse racing.  Born, Maringuoin, LA, Oct. 23, 1924; died, Plantation, FL, Mar. 21, 1993.)  Though long stigmatized for his failure to win the Triple Crown with Native Dancer, Oliver Eric Guerin was nonetheless a very successful jockey.  Guerin rode 2,712 winners and his mounts amassed over $17 million in purse winnings during his 36-year […]

Isador Bieber

Isador Bieber (Thoroughbred racing.  Born, Vasloveck, Poland, May 10, 1887; died, Hollywood, FL, Aug. 29, 1974.)  Nicknamed “the Colonel” by Damon Runyon, Isador Bieber was born near Warsaw but came to the U.S. as a four-year-old and grew up to become one of racing’s most successful trainers.  By 1928, Bieber had formed a partnership with […]

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