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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 […]

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.  […]

Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle (Baseball. Born, Spavinaw, OK, Oct. 20, 1931; died, Dallas, TX, Aug. 13, 1995.) No other Yankee through 2011 played in as many games for the club as Mickey Mantle and few, if any, delivered as many clutch hits. Although his rookie season of 1951 was a struggle, Mantle rebounded from a brief 40-game […]

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 […]

Jim Fitzsimmons

Jim Fitzsimmons (Horse racing.  Born, Brooklyn, NY, July 23, 1874; died, Miami, FL, Mar. 11, 1966.)  Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons was born on a stretch of land that later became Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay Racetrack, but he wasn’t attracted to the sport of racing until he was 15, when he began as a waterboy and part-time jockey. […]

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell (Sportswriter.  Born, New York, NY, Feb. 5, 1951.)  While he is best known as the racing writer for The Record of Hackensack, N.J., Michael Francis Farrell has also long been active in radio reporting.  Farrell has been the racing writer for The Record since 1988, covering the Triple Crown races and major events […]

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 […]

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 […]

Bill Cane

Bill Cane (Harness racing.  Born, Jersey City, NJ, Aug. 5, 1874; died, Miami Beach, FL, Mar. 27, 1956.)  Following his father into the building trade, William Henry Cane also developed a passion for buying and driving trotting horses.  His avocation eventually became the main focus of Cane’s life.  His Good Time Stable in the Orange County […]

Laz Barrera

Laz Barrera (Horse racing.  Born, Havana, Cuba, May 8, 1924; died, Downey, CA, Apr. 25, 1991.)  Lazaro Sosa Barrera was one of the outstanding thoroughbred trainers in the nation during a 50-year career that started at age 16 in his native Cuba.  He then transferred his base to Mexico and subsequently to the U.S.  Barrera […]

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